Programmes for US Army’s Readiness Recovery
It has been about 17 years – the duration of the US ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – since US Army programmes focused on bolstering service camouflage net systems and their capabilities. Reflecting the rise of peer- and near-peer competitors in the land warfare domain, on 30 March this year Fibrotex USA was awarded the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) Increment I contract, along with two other vendors. The army’s Natick Soldier System Center issued this contract for the further development, testing, and manufacturing of the next-generation multi-spectral camouflage net systems.
Fibrotex USA CEO Eyal Malleron told MONCh: “The work we will be performing is sensitive so it cannot be fully discussed here. We will be working in close cooperation with our government customer to address the specific needs of the army and to ensure that our solutions are providing the maximum performance available today and in the future. We expect to continue development of our materiel even after the delivery cycle starts. We want to keep ahead of anticipated requirements and threats. The process of continuous development is a hallmark of Fibrotex.”
During the lengthy American intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, the technology baseline in this sector has continued to evolve, with the prospect that Fibrotex USA will be bringing to bear its best-of-breed solutions that have been supporting other nations’ services. Mr Malleron added, “This new ULCANS represents technology that has continued forward over that period of time, and it has been deployed by other nations who have not been engaged in counterterrorism operations. They are nations that have been facing the near-peer and peer threats that the US is once again concerned with.”
Fibrotex USA’s industry partner for this contract is Outdoor Venture Corporation of Stearns, KY. The industry expert concluded, “we are pleased that the US Army has selected us to provide advanced ULCANS for forces across the DoD. We are confident that our advanced technologies and years of operational experience in the field will provide deployed forces worldwide the edge to ‘hide in plain sight’ while performing their tactical missions. If you are unseen, you are unbeaten!”