Rostec Produces Chameleon Helmet to Equip the “Soldier of the Future”

Rostec has presented a unique camouflage coating for military vehicles and soldiers’ equipment able to mimic the color of the environment at the Army 2018 forum. The company illustrated the possibilities of the material with a soldier’s helmet made for the advanced, third generation equipment Ratnik. The chameleon cover is on displayed at the corporation’s permanent exhibition in Patriot Park.

The specialized electrically-operated material covering the helmet prototype is able to change color depending on the camouflaged surface and environment. The material can display dynamic changes of color intensity and simulate complex images, for example, the motion of leaves in the wind. Within Rostec, the development is performed by Ruselectronics and TSNIITOCHMASH.

“Existing types of camouflage do not change their masking properties depending on changes in the back- ground. For example, soldiers will not be seen in a forest against greenery, but they will be visible against sand or snow. An innovative coating created by Ruselectronics provides unique op- portunities for masking. We are demonstrating how it works using one element of equipment, i.e., a helmet. However, its application is much broader. It can be used in clothing, weapons, and military  equipment,” said Industrial Director of the Armament Cluster of Rostec Sergey Abramov.

This technology can be used to create clothing that changes color and pattern depending on a person’s modd

The coating is applied to the base, like ordinary paint, and does not require great accuracy in terms of thickness and uniformity. In particular, this means that repairs can be carried out in the field. The power consumption in continuous adaptation mode is no greater than that of an energy saving lamp. The mass of the coating is just a few hundred grams per square meter.

In the future, the technology could be applied in civilian sectors as well. For example, in the textile industry, it can be used to create clothing that changes color and pattern depending on a person’s mood.