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  1. Jungle Warfare Training Centre: NATO Troops Train In Australia

    Channel 9 News
    April 12, 2012

    Qld to host NATO camouflage trial19:56 AEDT Thu Apr 12 2012

    Australia is hosting an international trial to test the effectiveness of military camouflage uniforms in tropical conditions.

    Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said that was being conducted at the Army Jungle Warfare Training Centre at Tully, north Queensland, with 10 Australian soldiers testing trial camouflage suits in a variety of environmental conditions.

    Mr Snowdon said Tully was selected for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) camouflage field trial because of its unique geography and natural tropical conditions.

    He said the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) was participating and would share the information from the trial process.

    “This is a significant activity to be hosted in Australia with participation from Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland,” he said in a statement.

    “The trial will also contribute to the ADF’s ongoing program to enhance the protection of Australian soldiers. It will improve our understanding of detection by modern sensors that can ‘see’ in the ultraviolet, visual, infrared and radar bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

    Mr Snowdon said the trials involved in-service and experimental clothing items, with NATO researchers using advanced imaging techniques to measure its effectiveness in the visual, ultraviolet, infrared and thermal spectrum under tropical conditions.

    “Importantly, the trial will provide valuable data to better inform the ADF Diggerworks program in current and future camouflage design concepts and assessment methods,” he said.

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