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More Vehicle Digital Camouflage

by Greg on March 10, 2010

Via Defense Industry Daily I learned that China’s PLA is not the first to paint their vehicles with digital camouflage. Apparently the Jordanians might be the trendsetters, applying “fractal” camo to their vehicles back in 2006 (follow the DID link for a larger image). Honestly though, compared to the Chinese, the Jordanian camo pattern is pretty weak stuff.

– Greg

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kisl March 11, 2010 at 12:57 am

All camo is technically 'digital', hence the need for 'fractal' and 'pixel'.


FormerDirtDart March 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Ummm… no, all camouflage is not "digital"


Wildcard March 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm

"Digital" camouflage is actually a misnomer, based on the superficial resemblance of these patterns to quantized or coarse digital images."
Lt Col O'Neill


FormerDirtDart March 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Yes, I know where the term derives from. I've always thought "pixelated" as a more accurate generic term. I guess "digital camouflage" sounds cooler than "pixelated camouflage pattern" after all.


stephen russell March 11, 2010 at 3:52 am

Yes & Chinese are using spies for more data on digital camo.
Next Air Force units & Naval units?


Pogmusic March 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Also, the Jordanians have a less diverse territory to hide in, so, their cammo doesn't have to be all that extensive. Look how other Arab states, the US and Israel cammo our vehicles — paint them tan and that's it. In the 80's when I deployed on the 1st Bright Star with the 82nd Abn, we had a really neat cammo with tan, peach and yes, purple.


jsallison March 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Check out back issues of Armor magazine from the late '70's/early '80's. Look for 'dual-tex'. Our M60A3's in Bamberg (2 ACR) were decked out in a low budget version of same in '84/'85.


Eddie November 10, 2012 at 2:36 am

That’s correct.


Crunchie March 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

Jsallison is on to something. I hate to break it to you all but the US had "digital" camo tanks in Berlin over 25 years ago.


Guest August 25, 2010 at 5:51 pm

And didnt the Brits come up with this during the second world war for use on naval ships?


Wildcard August 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

WW2 ships were painted in 'dazzle' also known as 'razzle dazzle' camouflage. Not quite the same. Some ships still sport similar schemes, Swedens Visby corvette.


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