CUEPAT (Canadian Urban Environment Pattern) Trial Uniforms
(October 31, 2011, Vancouver, B.C.) Last week HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. showed publicly for the first time at SecureTech-2011 in Ottawa, Canada, the two versions of CUEPAT which have been down selected by DRDC Suffield, (Defence Research and Development Canada, Research and development arm of the Department of National Defence).
The requirement is to have an urban pattern which works in the unique requirements of Canada’s three major metropolitan areas, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The current CBR (Chemical Biological, Radioactive) individual protective equipment (IPE) used by the Canadian military is provided in a woodland or desert camouflage. A camouflage suited to the Canadian urban environment is required when the military operates in urban terrain.
The winner of the field trials will (if approved) end up on CBR suits which won't interrupt the pattern or have tactical vests covering the pattern as you do with typical uniforms.
CUEPAT Version-1 is more traditional of the two versions with a digital pixelated micropattern broken up by Horizontal and Vertical macroelements designed to blend into the Urban geometry.
CUEPAT Version-2 has a unique/unconventional pattern in a 3 dimensional structure simulation, using a fine pixel dithering technique. Both patterns use the same 4 colours as determined by our algorithms. (The Canadian Government was hesitant to move forward on this pattern into field trials, not because of an issue with the effectiveness but only because this pattern didn't look like typical camouflage).
Hyperstealth retains IP (Intellectual Property) on these urban patterns.
Previous camouflage design has been based on Artistic interpretation of our visual world and it has been assumed that using a pattern developed for Woodland or Desert regions could just be re-coloured for Urban Environments. This has proven to be of minimal help in concealing the Soldier in Urban Environments.
Urban Terrain Spectral Research
Determine design parameters for an advanced Canadian urban environment camouflage pattern (focus on Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal urban settings). Consider … unique colour blends that would improve the users concealment in a range of urban environments.
We analyzed numerous key points within the three city centres specified (this was about a 10-12 block radius over each “downtown” financial/business district which also included Government Offices). Four Colour samples were compiled from each location, these samples were taken from outside walls without direct sunlight and these 13 samples from each city (each consisting of four colours = 52 colours per city) were then compiled for processing.
A proprietary algorithm then took all the 156 colour samples and merged them into the four most common colours; we have termed this palette VTM (Vancouver-Toronto-Montreal). It should be noted that due to the wide range of building materials between the three cities that the final colour frequencies as determined by the algorithm should also work within all major Canadian city centres and many worldwide city centres.
These common colours will be critical to helping avoid detection as the human visual system attempts to ignore what it believes to be background noise and colours or items common to a particular setting. The causes the eyes to scan right over a properly concealed target, avoiding focal detection (direct line-of-sight evaluation) can significantly increase detection times.
For security issues, we have left out of this page a great deal of critical information which was provided to the DRDC in regards to CUEPAT development.
It should be noted, that my (Guy Cramer) reason for getting into camouflage design and development in 2003 began when I critiqued the millions spent on CADPAT (Canadian Pattern) development in the 1990's. CUEPAT costs were just over $30,000.00 which included all the research, over 100 urban pattern designs (these two patterns being the most effective), testing, prototype material production, travel, expenses and presentation in Ottawa at the CANSEC show in 2010 and all the fabric printing for field trial uniforms done on our new Textile printers, proving that it doesn't require millions to design an effective camouflage pattern.
The Australian Military announced on May 30, 2011: "Brigadier Mike Phelps, director-general of integrated soldier systems, said contracts had been signed with Crye earlier this month, paying $US4.7 million for licenses to manufacture in Australia and $US3.1 million for Crye to develop a uniquely Australian camouflage pattern."
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