The art of camouflage has been based on blending into the background, taking a leaf out of how both predators and prey conceal their presence in nature. For the armed forces, the distance between success and wipe out is dependent on whether the enemy was able to “see through” the concealment. But physical blending isn’t enough when thermal imaging solutions spot out alien objects in natural topography. Barracuda products, apart from visual band, also reduce signatures and blend with natural surroundings in Near infrared band, Thermal infrared bands and as well as in entire Radar band. Concealment in temperature, ranging from the heat of the deserts to the sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas requires a breadth of signature management solutions and Barracuda masters the art of deception by providing a comprehensive solution suite.
Saab Barracuda has had a significant presence in India over the years. Naresh Ummat, Managing Director, Barracuda Camouflage (P) Limited (BCL) talks about the suitability of Barracuda camouflage systems for the Indian armed forces.
Q1. India is a country with varied geographical locations and terrains. How does Barracuda camouflage systems fit the needs of Indian armed forces?
Saab Barracuda has a bank of over 3000 color combinations based on its experience in various countries. In India, Barracuda has been at work since 1999. Interaction with troops and officers during discussions and field demonstrations, etc. has helped in mapping different Indian terrains. Our engineers have undertaken laboratory blending and researched the results on-ground.
Barracuda products provide protection against detection in the entire range of electro-magnetic field. Apart from the visual band, using Barracuda products also reduces signatures and enables blending with natural surroundings in the Near Infrared band, Thermal Infrared bands and the entire Radar band. Barracuda is best placed to meet customer demands be it for deserts, semi-desert, plains, mountains or snow bound areas. Barracuda is the world leader in the art of battlefield deception.
Q2. What are the areas in which camouflage systems can be put to use in India for counter infiltration operations?
There is untapped potential for the use of Saab Barracuda Multi-spectral Camouflage nets (MSCN) and more importantly for Multi-spectral Personal Camouflage Equipment (MSPCE) such as Special Operations Tactical Suiting (SOTACS) primarily for use of advance scouts who operate in remote outposts for long hours.
For border areas, Ponchos and Sniper Suits deceive infiltrators using Night Vision Goggles, IR Binoculars, etc. Barracuda personal over-wear (is worn over load carriages) has unique properties to reduce thermal signatures and it also blends with surroundings. Thus, Security Forces can effectively prevent infiltration.
Q3. How do camouflage systems aid armies in their operations?
Saab Barracuda has a complete range of Concealment, Camouflage and Deception equipment (CCD). For all types of armor, Barracuda offers its MSCN Nets. For troops in advanced areas, a variety and combination of MSPCE suiting meets the requirements.
Most significantly, Barracuda provides the best solution for armor on the move. A parked gun or a tank or a missile launcher is ineffective in war. Instead, Indian Armed Forces can use Barracuda Mobile Camouflage Systems (MCS). In MCS, the armor such as (Main Battle Tank)MBTs, BMPs, Command and Control vehicles, launchers etc. are equipped with camouflage on its surface.