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ARCAS

Advanced Reversible Camouflage Screen

Perfect protection in various environments
Magnus Gäfvert
Head of Marketing and Sales, Barracuda, Business Area Dynamics
+46 493 148 75

In woodland and deserts, the environment can alter quickly over a short distance with regard to vegetation and colours. Concealing military objects in such environments demands sophisticated camouflage solutions. The Advanced Reversible Camouflage Screen (ARCAS) is multispectral and also enables different colours on each side, considerably enhancing mobility in a varying environment.

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Features

Saab camouflage nets provide unrivalled protection against reconnaissance sensors and target acquisition systems. Our camouflage nets can be adjusted to specific signature requirements including visual (VIS), near-infrared (NIR) thermal infrared (TIR) and broadband radar properties and patterns.

Woodland and desert environments can alter quickly over a short distance with regard to vegetation and colours. ARCAS is multispectral and also enables different colours on each side, considerably enhancing mobility in a varying environment.

In use

Saab's Signature Management product range currently has a customer base of more than 50 countries worldwide.

These customer relations have been built up during more than 50 years of dedicated development in camouflage and deception.

Technical specification

Woodland and desert environments can alter quickly and over a short distance with regard to vegetation and colours. ARCAS is a multispectral camouflage net that provides visual, thermal infrared, near infrared and radar protection. With a reversible surface that enables different colour camouflage on each side, ARCAS considerably enhances your mobility in a varying environment.

General

ARCAS is intended to protect all kinds of vehicles and other military equipment when in a static position. ARCAS is a two-sided camouflage net that allows quick adaptation to changes in the surrounding environment.

The camouflage net comprises a single layer of textile material. The single layer gives the net its “non-snagging” properties, ensuring long life-expectancy, easy storage and transportation and quick deployment and recovery. The dimensions and shape of the net can both be customized. ARCAS weighs less than 220 g/m² and operational temperatures are in the range of –20°C - +80°C for both storage and usage.

Signature Management Properties

  • Visual. ARCAS reversible design allows the colours and pattern on each net to be adapted for two different environment colour schemes. ARCAS also has a randomised pattern in order to avoid symmetrical shapes in the nets and to make the camouflage blend in with the irregularities found in nature. The pattern and colours can be tailored according to customer requirements.
  • Thermal Infrared. ARCAS has excellent thermal infrared properties that will obstruct thermal reconnaissance and reduce the risk of detection in all climate conditions. The thermal properties of ARCAS also provide protection against heat seeking missiles and other related threats.
  • Near Infrared. Pigments used in the ARCAS pattern are developed to emulate the near-infrared reflection of vegetation, rocks and soil in the intended environment. The near infrared properties of ARCAS provide protection against night-vision devices and other related threats.
  • Radar. The ARCAS radar characteristics are customised depending on the operational environment and customer-defined threats. ARCAS provides protection against radar reconnaissance and homing missiles in the range of 1-100 GHz.

Accessories

Telescopic support poles are available as accessories. The extendable poles are made from glass fibre and can be customised for each environment. Aluminium or steel ground stakes are available for ground fixation. ARCAS can be delivered in a cover bag, containing all the parts and accessories needed. This makes regular use of the system much easier, and protects the system during transportation and storage.

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