Camouflage is one of those old skills that has remained relevant in the modern battle space. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are known for having unique solutions for concealment from either humans or sensors in hostile environments. These capabilities are a result of a unique mindset mixed with mission necessity and creativity.
I’ve spent most of my career in the IDF within the SR team, and my specialty was camouflage – not just camouflage in the term of ghillie suit or face paints – but way beyond. We used to hide tanks, GMVs, or entire teams from The human eye and advanced devices as well.
I had this unique chance to visit one of Fibrotex’s Camouflage workshops as a participant observer. The workshop, which took place in Germany this spring. The primary objective behind the workshop was to expose its participants to the modern exposure factors, which are constantly improving and changing. Fibrotex full multi-spectral systems: UV (Ultraviolet), VIS (Visual), NIR (Near Infrared), SWIR (Short Wave Infrared), Thermal & RADAR, provide the ultimate solutions required in the hours of need for any platform existing in the market from aircraft and helicopters through tanks and APCs to teams and personnel camouflage systems. In addition, during my service in the IDF I had the chance to visit their own in-house production line. Fibrotex has the unique capabilities to custom make all of their products for any existing known terrain, per any requirement, which proved a serious advantage for the Israeli SOF community. Literally when we had problems, or need, we could contact and consult with Fibrotex.
The workshop attendees came from different nationalities across Europe. Most of them were active SF or other organizations alike. As an observer from the side, I could hear the wake up call that the workshop triggered among its participants: above all the realization that they are not safe, and that the enemy have other ways to view the terrain beyond just the human eye.