As part of a capstone project, researchers from the University of Florida (UF) — in partnership with the U.S. Army and the Civil-Military Innovation Institute (CMI2) — developed a vehicle camouflage deployment device, thereby improving the safety of a critical task.

Students participating in the UF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s capstone course set out to develop faster and safer methods for camouflaging combat vehicles.

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Current processes for concealing such vehicles each time they are parked are reportedly cumbersome, time-consuming and risky.

To develop a solution, the UF students communicated with soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia to address one of the obstacles to this task: securing camouflage poles in the field.

According to the researchers, such poles are traditionally driven into the ground via stakes. However, this can be challenging in terrains that are muddy or feature concrete surfaces.

As such, the UF team sought to solve this issue using a design wherein mounting plates are secured by the weight of the vehicle itself. This, according to the students, eliminates the soldiers’ reliance on adequate ground conditions.

An added benefit of the design is that it also disrupts the silhouette of the camouflaged vehicle via the strategic deployment of the poles, thereby making it difficult for enemies to determine the vehicle type concealed by the netting.

This design reportedly enabled the team to rely almost entirely on the use of existing equipment, including the existing poles and netting, the team explained.

For more information on the project, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of the University of Florida.

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