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France orders multispectral camouflage nets from Saab

By Defence Industry Europe

France has commissioned Swedish defence contractor Saab to provide an advanced camouflage solution. The deal, valued at EUR 20 million, involves the supply of 3,000 multispectral camouflage nets, destined to serve across both the French Army and the Air and Space Force.

 

This acquisition is set to markedly improve the stealth of French military assets, including command posts, vehicles, and weaponry, by effectively blending them into diverse environments. Saab’s cutting-edge camouflage technology encompasses visible, infrared, and radar concealment capabilities, ensuring a high level of disguise across various operational landscapes.

 

 

The production and assembly of these multispectral nets will be undertaken by Saab’s subcontractor, Solarmtex, at its Vierzon facility in Cher, France.

Scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2026, the camouflage nets are designed to offer operational flexibility in a range of environments, from the varying climates of Europe to the extremes of desert and snowy landscapes. This adaptability is the result of a concerted two-year research and development effort led by Saab, in partnership with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the Army Technical Section (STAT), culminating in a product tailored to meet the rigorous demands of the French military.

 

 

This contract not only signifies a leap forward in multispectral concealment technology but also sets the stage for ongoing collaboration, with a framework agreement in place for future deliveries over an eight-year period. The initiative reflects both parties’ commitment to advancing military capabilities and underscores the strategic importance of innovative camouflage technology in modern warfare.

With the establishment of a new dedicated facility by Solarmtex for the project, the contract is also expected to generate between five and ten new jobs, contributing to local economic growth.

 

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