Adaptable multi spectral signature management in international operations


  • Kariis Hans
  • Nilsson Christina

Publish date: 2006-01-01

Report number: FOI-R--2158--SE

Pages: 43

Written in: Swedish


The need for signature management, especially adaptable, in tactical situations is described in this report. The investigation has been performed by interviewing persons in the Swedish armed forces, who either have experience from international operations or are planning such operations. The study includes army, navy and air force units. In most situations there is no need to adapt the signature in real time. It is often sufficient to control the signature properties in the design stage and then exchange the items for more appropriate ones when needed. The threat is mainly commercially available sensors. For efficient signature management, the signature in visible range as well as the near infrared, the thermal infrared and the radar ranges has to be considered. Proper training of the soldiers in using their equipment is crucial for efficient use. Flexibility, usability, and low weight are also important factors for signature management equipment. In the cases when fast adaptability is required, this is due to quick changes in the mission or in the threat, not so much in the background.