France orders 3,000 camouflage nets to hide fox radio signals

MILAN — The French government’s military procurement agency has ordered thousands of Saab multispectral camouflage nets designed to hide the electromagnetic signature of troop formations on the battlefield.

The Direction Générale de l’Armement announced in a February 27 release that it has ordered 3,000 Barracuda multispectral camouflage nets from the Stockholm-based defense company.

“Saab’s subcontractor, French SME Solarmtex, based in Vierzon, France, will carry out their manufacture and assembly,” the statement said.

The order is worth $21.6 million and the nets are expected to be delivered between 2024 and 2026 to the French Army and the Air and Space Force.

According to the DGA announcement, the grid will enhance the discretion of brigade combat teams, combined arms and vehicles as well as other sensitive targets by masking their visible, infrared and radar signatures.

Detection through electromagnetic emissions and subsequent targeting is a constant risk Ukrainian forces face in their defense against Russian invaders.

The Saab nets are the culmination of a two-year development program between the company, DGA and the Army Technical Department (STAT) to meet the requirements of the French forces.

In September, the The Swedish company told Defense News that he had embedded the Barracuda camouflage net with a new feature that would change the way troops communicate by allowing selected radio frequencies to pass through the mesh.

“It is embedded with hardware that acts as a low-pass filter, allowing selected radio frequencies of their choice to pass either through the camouflage screen, while protecting soldiers from higher electromagnetic waves used by radar systems,” Johan Jersblad. , a senior Saab development engineer told reporters at the time during the online briefing.

At the time, the Ultralight Camouflage-Frequency Selective Surface (ULCAS-FSS) was not yet operational, having only been revealed at the 2023 DSEI defense exhibition in London. The intention was eventually to mass produce in Sweden.

Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is Defense News’ Europe correspondent. It covers a wide range of topics related to military procurement and international security, and specializes in aviation reporting. Its headquarters are in Milan, Italy.

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