Defense Industrial Park, North Carolina -- Military Wraps Inc. introduced two advances in camouflage technology at military trade shows recently -- PIRATE 3-D and advances in Photo Veil.
The company claims that PIRATE 3-D, using polyurethane and vinyl film, transforms standard shoot-house training into "a vivid three-dimensional experience," while Photo Veil is "a ground-breaking scalable concealment device," that is actively advancing to products and prototypes.
"A huge shift has occurred in advanced optics," said Trevor Kracker, president of Military Wraps. "So PIRATE 3-D and Photo Veil can incorporate the imaging from cameras -- in the field, drones, satellites, LIDAR (light detection and ranging), and others -- and loop back to the mission by integrating these high-resolution images, specific to the operating site, into both camouflage and immersive training."
PIRATE -- Photo-Immersive Realistic Aides for Training Environments - was launched 10 months ago, and the company claims it is "seen as a breakthrough" in creating realistic situations.
The technology uses site-specific, high-resolution photographic images, computer-edited for proper scale and perspective, and rendered by large-format printing technology onto special vinyl films. These are then applied to interiors or exteriors of training sites, "giving a remarkable realism to training exercises across many potential crisis situations."
The 3D version use high-density polyurethane panels made from moulds that replicate the textures of mission environments. These polyurethane "Mission Moulds" are then used as the base to apply the high-resolution photographs on vinyl films.