Camouflage/Signature management

The level of threats, from weapons systems equipped with advanced sensors, against the materiel and personnel of the Armed Forces is increasing. This places greater demands on signature management so that survivability is maximised.

Several fields where progress in materials science has been made, such as functional textiles, photonic crystals, and biomimetic material, are expected to have significance for signature management technology in the future. Advances in sensor technology, just as much in new and improved sensor technology as in advanced imaging algorithms, raise the threat level and place new demands on signature management.


FOI is developing modern methods for measuring detectability, performing computer simulations of new products and is considering technologies for material development.


The activities can be divided into two technology fields, Static Camouflage and Dynamic Camouflage, with the latter still at a lower level of maturity.


Signature management protects on three levels

Signature management technology increases survivability by:

  1. preventing discovery
  2. delaying identification
  3. hindering strikes with terminal phase-controlled weapons.