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One with the environment - Bundeswehr Aktuell; No 6 2016

Three-color camouflage print for the desert, the new multi-tone print and five-color camouflage print. The Bundeswehr uses all three.

MULTITARN - Dark green, light green and brown spots. In addition, beige and gray on larger areas and a few light spots: This is what the new multi-tone print looks like.
Alexander Dietel developed it. [...]
In the end, the composition of six colors prevailed. "In terms of brightness, the multi-tone print is between the currently used three-color camouflage print for the desert and the normal five-color camouflage print",
says Dietel. The decisive factor for the design is the deployment orientation of the Bundeswehr. "The pattern gives you a very good camouflage effect in regions with little to moderate greenery," says Dietel.
Subjectively, the camouflage print appears darker in a dark environment and lighter in a lighter environment. "We achieve this with the large beige and gray components," explains the textile chemist. However, he points out that
The camouflage pattern is not suitable for predominantly green areas such as in Central Europe or tropical areas. “There is no such thing as an all-round camouflage print. You always have to compromise. "
In addition to the higher camouflage effectiveness in the vast majority of areas of application, the multi-tank pressure also offers very good values ​​in the so-called near infrared range.
This wavelength range, which lies between visible light and thermal radiation, is used by night vision devices and residual light amplifiers. Soldiers are also excellent with the new camouflage pattern against these technologies
protected. However, there is still no camouflage for body heat that is captured by thermal imaging cameras. “There is currently no workable concept for this anywhere in the world,” says Dietel.
He also points out that the multitasking pressure can be transferred to all fabrics and fabrics used by the Bundeswehr. So there is the possibility of equipping the new combat clothing set for the armed forces, which has been sold to the
Troop is delivered. Equipment such as backpacks or bags could also get the new camouflage print. Until further notice, however, it is only to be delivered to special forces.

SNOW TARN - The changes in the new snow camouflage pattern are visually more striking.
Here, too, the developers are now using the “round spots” characteristic of the Bundeswehr. The previous version still contains some larger, frayed green spots on a white background. “The white of the new
Snow camouflage is significantly lighter than before and continues to take up the largest area, ”explains Dietel. "There are also dark green and gray spots that adapt the clothing to isolated rocks and green vegetation."
The pattern is derived from the tried and tested three-color camouflage print for desert areas. According to Dietel, the camouflage effect in daylight is not much higher than in the previous version. “But we have major improvements in the
reached the near infrared range ”, the expert sums up.
The new pattern went hand in hand with the development of the new "snow camouflage suit for mobile use". “In contrast to the previous clothing, which is made of cotton, we use a so-called functional laminate here. The
Doesn't soak up with water, doesn't become heavier and doesn't freeze overnight, ”says Dietel, describing the advantages. In principle, it is modern snowboard clothing designed for military purposes.
The new camouflage print underlines the contemporary look of the suit. The "snow camouflage suit for mobile use" is currently being delivered to the mountain hunters in Bad Reichenhall. Gradually, the whole should
Mountaineering troops of the Bundeswehr are equipped with it.

Do you still need camouflage these days?
[...] But is elaborately camouflaged clothing even necessary? “Yes, especially nowadays,” the textile chemist is convinced. “In the 90s, as an electronic
As aids became more and more powerful, camouflage patterns were increasingly considered useless. But the threats have changed. ”Nowadays soldiers are confronted more and more with asymmetrical dangers.
“Militias, insurgents, irregular troops: the knowledge about such opponents and their technical possibilities is limited. Perhaps they will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Or maybe it's just for binoculars
from the Internet. Then a camouflage pattern is useful, ”emphasizes Dietel.

Source: Bundeswehr Aktuell; No. 6 2016, February 15, 2016, page 9