Pzh 2000 howitzer Afghanistan will be equipped with mobile multispectral camouflage system 1002123

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Military Technology - Mobile Multispectral Camouflage System

 
 
Friday, February 10, 2012, 09:49 AM
 
Pzh 2000 howitzer in Afghanistan will be equipped with mobile multispectral camouflage system.
The ISAF-employed (International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan) self-propelled howitzers of the type Pzh 2000 A2 will be equipped with a mobile multispectral camouflage system (“MMT”) as of April 2012. Apart from providing camouflage, the MMT equipment also relieves the stress on the AC system by reducing the solar heat load in the crew compartment.
     
The ISAF-employed self-propelled howitzers of the type 2000 A2 will be equipped with a mobile multispectral camouflage system (“MMT”) as of April 2012. Apart from providing camouflage, the MMT equipment also relieves the stress on the AC system by reducing the solar heat load in the crew compartment.
PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer equipped with a mobile multispectral camouflage system (“MMT”)

     
The verification procedure for the equipment was rounded off with a live firing test of the camouflaged PzH 2000 A2 on 24 January 2012. The MMT equipment “survived” a total of 74 rounds fired without taking a scratch. Following the successful trials of the prototype, the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Protective and Special Technologies (WTD 52), which has been in charge of testing the equipment, can thus authorize the full release of the MMT. According to current plans, the PzH 2000 A2 howitzers used in Afghanistan will be fitted with the camouflage equipment in April 2012 with technical support from WTD 52.

In 2011 already, an experimental prototype of the PzH 2000-adapted MMT developed by the company Saab-Barracuda was tested for fit, durability and conformity with the Road Traffic Licensing Regulation on the occasion of several driving tests conducted by the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Automotive and Armoured Vehicles (WTD 41) in Trier. Minor deficits revealed during these tests were remedied immediately. The enhanced MMT has proved its acceptability for service use on the occasion of comprehensive tests carried out by the Bundeswehr Artillery School in Idar-Oberstein from 16 to 20 January 2012.
     
Leopard 2 Tank equipped with Saab's Multispectral Mobile Camouflage System (MCS) and HeaT Reduction properties (HTR) incorporated
Leopard 2 Tank equipped with Saab's Multispectral Mobile Camouflage System (MCS) and HeaT Reduction properties (HTR) incorporated
     

Tasks of MMT mobile multispectral camouflage system:

Hot surfaces along with large radar cross-sections make military vehicles highly exposed to sensors and target acquisition systems. Vehicles therefore require advanced signature management equipment in order to achieve sufficient protection against detection and identification.

MMT is intended primarily for protection of vehicles while moving and during combat. The Mobile Camouflage System is a flexible solution that can be applied in a number of configurations using different types of materials.

Principle of camouflage effect:
- visual region: three-dimensional assembly of the leaf structure
- infrared region: reduction of thermal contrast to a background using a material with low thermal capacity and efficient assembly of the cover textile.
- microwave region: absorption and scattering of an incident wave to a background level.

 

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