US Army tests Saab’s Barracuda mobile camouflage system in Germany
Saab’s Barracuda mobile camouflage system (MCS) is being evaluated in Germany by the US Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
The field evaluation of MCS on Stryker fighting vehicles is being conducted by the army for the first time, Saab stated.
The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is assessing MCS during its operational training in Hohenfels, Germany.
The training and evaluation, conducted alongside other Nato allies is in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and the Enhanced Forward Presence missions.
Manufactured by the company's business unit Barracuda, MCS protects stationery vehicles and vehicles on the move during combat operations.
Saab Barracuda business unit marketing and sales director Scott Caldwell said: “Mobile camouflage and signature management is more important now than at any time in the last 15 years, especially in the European theatre.
“The fact that our systems are now being evaluated by the US Army in Europe is a testament to Saab’s dedication to support the soldier and continued cooperation with the US military.”
The MCS gives multi-spectral signature management properties to wheeled-vehicle and combat vehicle platforms, enabling them to blend in with environmental surroundings.
It is claimed to reduce the probability of detection visually and by sensors such as Near Infrared (NIR), Short-wave Infrared (SWIR), long-wave Infrared (LWIR), Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) and radar.
The ongoing efforts to support the US Army Europe with MCS could eliminate field-improvised vehicle camouflage and negate the need to re-paint vehicles to match operational environments, according to Caldwell.
Image: MCS is now being evaluated by the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during its operational training in Hohenfels, Germany. Photo: courtesy of Saab.