The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a long-term contract to Fibrotex Technologies to manufacture and supply thousands of advanced multispectral camouflage systems to the Finnish Defense Forces (FDF).

Covering delivery of all four types of camouflage systems, the competitively-awarded contract has a maximum potential value of more than €35m.

Fibrotex owner and CEO Adi Blum said: "The Finnish Army Material Command has been a valued customer of ours since 2006, and we are delighted with this award and committed to ensuring that this partnership will continue for years to come."

"The lightweight, easy-to-handle system enables platforms concealment while standing still."

Fibrotex’s multispectral camouflage systems are designed to protect both military personnel and equipment against various sensors within the electro magnetic spectrum, including ultra-violet (UV), visual, near-infrared (IR), thermal, as well as ground-based and airborne radars on the battlefield.

The lightweight, easy-to-handle system enables platforms concealment while standing still, and provides visibility from the inside without being seen from the outside.

The Finnish systems are expected to be reversible, with each side providing a different camouflage coverage such as snow/woodland/urban, among others.

Specifically, the systems are developed to address the camouflage properties and extreme environmental conditions of the Scandinavian area, which covers Modern Norway, Sweden proper and northern parts of Finland.

Initial deliveries under the contract are scheduled to commence shortly.

The camouflage systems purchase is considered to be Finland’s effort to prepare itself for a possible conflict that is likely to arise during 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place from 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, Finnbay reports.

Defence Technology