Mig-29 in HyperStealth Cloudcam™ Pattern
(July 19, 2008, Vancouver, B.C.) In March 2008 HyperStealth reviewed the Slovakian Mig-29 in HyperStealth Digital Thunder Camouflage.
The second Digital Pattern used on the Slovakian Mig-29's currently showcased at the Farnborough air show is the HyperStealth Cloudcam™ Pattern which was developed in 2005 by Lt. Col. Timothy R. O'Neill, Ph.D. (U.S. Army, Ret.) and Guy Cramer, President/CEO of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. and first used in early 2006 to reduce the visual impact of a cellular tower in Baltimore (shown in images on Left side).
Invisible Towers (See: Invisible Towers).has acquired an exclusive license from HyperStealth to wrap cellular towers within the United States with HyperStealth Camouflage patterns using the HyperStealth "Consealment™" 3M Printed Adhesive Vinyl. In 2007 Invisible Towers won an industry wide award for Innovation after wrapping two towers in 2006 with HyperStealth Consealment Camouflage to meet regulatory and/or community approval.
The four color HyperStealth Cloudcam version used on the Baltimore cellular tower uses White, Tan, Gray and Sky Blue as the only concealment required is for the variable sky conditions.
The three colors used on the Mig-29's (Blue, Medium Gray, Light Blue Gray) with both the HyperStealth Cloudcam and HyperStealth Digital Thunder camouflage pattern effectively conceals aircraft for ground, sea, overcast and blue sky, colors recommended by HyperStealth in 2006 to better conceal aircraft against these variable backgrounds from the vantage point of other aircraft and ground observations.
The Slovakian Mig-29 in Cloudcam also has a false canopy painted on the underside of the aircraft which has proven effective at deceiving opposing pilots in dogfights. The Canadians have been painting the false canopy on their entire fleet of CF-18's since 1982.
Pilot and aircraft limitations means that the aircraft can bank nose up very tight but less than one half of that nose down. In close air combat the pilot will try to track an adversary with visual means and a quick glace at the underside of Canadian fighter is enough to make the adversary believe that the CF-18 can make a +8 - G towards him or a -3 (negative 3) G away when in reality it is reversed. By the time the adversary has corrected for their mistake the CF-18 has a major advantage in position.
The Canadians were not the first to use a false canopy - the U.S. F-16 XL (delta wing experimental version) in 1980-82 had this false canopy painted on with two white dots to represent the pilot and rio helmets. http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item16672_size2.html http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item16695_size2.html
The false canopy concept was initially rejected by the US military as it was assumed the disorientation by an opposing pilot in combat training may be extremely dangerous. The Canadians have not found this to be an issue since first using the technique in 1982.
The U.S. Navy and USMC now has a number of F-18's in the fleet that have begun to adopt this false canopy, as does the U.S. Air Force with some A-10's, Hungary has used it on some SAAB Gripen Fighters as has South African Air Force with their Cheetah.
HyperStealth has been working since 2005 with one of the largest Aviation Graphic application companies to provide the ability camouflage large fleets. This team is now working on a country's Army aircraft program which includes 60+ military helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
What's so different about these HyperStealth patterns versus other patterns other than the digital aspect? In this case there is only the need to increase or decrease scale to be applied for an aircraft, vehicle or ship where typically camouflage patterns are designed for each particular type and different shape of each vehicle. In other words the HyperStealth fractal patterns are designed to break the symmetry axis of most objects by rescale only.
Simple techniques have been developed by HyperStealth to allow these complex digital patterns to be painted on aircraft (or other vehicles or ships) with little training. Colors would be changed for Arid and Desert regions.
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Department of National Defence / Canadian Forces http://www.dnd.ca/
Ministerstvo Obrany (MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC) http://www.mosr.sk/
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