U.S. Army comes full circle (or should we say Square) in Vehicle Camouflage
(May 16, 2006 Vancouver, B.C.) HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. recently announced a new program called conSEALment™ (Camouflage adhesive vinyl), it may surprise many that the first customer was the U.S. Army!
Actual "Universal Camouflage" printed vinyl wrapped HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle - otherwise known as a HumVee or Military Hummer):
Highet Kräcker Design was contacted by the North Carolina Guard Recruiting and Retention Command to complete a Project for the Command to apply the new U.S. Army "Universal Camouflage" pattern to one of their military Hummers. Difficulty arose in the pattern transfer from uniform to vinyl and HyperStealth was contacted. HyperStealth has been working with camouflage printed vinyl projects for military applications and large structure concealment for 16 months and they are just in the process of offering this technology to the general public under their "conSEALment" name. The photos on this site with chrome wheels is the HumVee in its final form (click photos to enlarge).
The pattern supplied by HyperStealth to Highet Kräcker for this project is not the same pattern used on the ACU uniform but a replica of the Universal Camouflage designed by HyperStealth which was used in past research programs. When the National Guard Command saw the HyperStealth pattern they approved this one for use on the Hummer. Highet Kräcker printed and installed the material, and worked with Hyperstealth in determining the production requirements for this project. HyperStealth did not ask for royalties as they treat this replica pattern as official United States Government property. HyperStealth will not allow or supply this pattern outside of the U.S. Army, without permission of the Department of the Army.
Half of the HyperStealth Camouflage development and design team is Lt. Col. Timothy R. O'Neill, Ph.D. (U.S. Army, Ret.), Lt. Col. O'Neill initiated the modern camouflage evolution with his DualTex patten used by the U.S. Army 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment in Europe from 1978-the early 1980’s: http://www.uniteddynamics.com/dualtex/. Almost 30 years later the design has come full circle (or shall we say full square) and the U.S. Army once again is applying pixalated camouflage on their vehicles based on his initial work.
Lt. Col. O'Neill continues to develop advanced camouflage patterns for the U.S. Military.
This U.S. Army pattern requirement for the HMMWV is not for combat, it is meant for recruiting purposes only.
Go here for the conSEALment Order page
For more information on the commercial camouflage vinyl wraps see: HyperStealth conSEALment™ Page
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These patterns are copyrighted © 2006 by Guy Cramer and Timothy R. O'Neill, All Rights Reserved. Patterns may only be used only with permission.
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