Adaptive camouflage 

Image of vehicle with Cuttlefish adaptive camouflage
Cuttlefish is an adaptive camouflage systems which utilises recent advances in liquid crystal displays system to provide enhanced concealment in multiple theatres of operation. The reflective LCD devices  provide a lightweight, low-powered modular display system which inherently matches the luminance of the environment it is operating in.


  • In current and future MDO environments, US Military forces will be required to operate in challenging and changing operational environments and terrains throughout the world.  To improve Soldier and unit protection and survival, the Army requires a material solution to protect  troops and vehicles from adversarial detection. Ground Combat Vehicles require additional signature management capability to ensure survivability and effectiveness.
  • Mobile Camouflage is required for combat vehicles in active engagement scenarios – both offensive and defensive. Static and Mobile Camouflage  provide decisive and superior protection for vehicles. 
  • Cuttlefish is a modular reflective display technology with potentially wide ranging applications. BAE Systems focus to date has been on application in the realm of adaptive camouflage.


  • The system is made up of individual tiles, which are currently configured as (170mm across flat) hexagons to support a high fill factor, but could be configured to almost any shape or size. Tiles are made up of 4 pixels, all of which are individually addressable.
  • The modular approach allows for any number of tiles to be incorporated into a single assembly, and this is supported by a CAN bus system to facilitate scalable coverage of any asset. In practice, it is assumed the system would be a permanent/semi-permanent attachment that could be controlled from inside the platform.
  • The displays are lightweight, weighing an estimated 4-10kg/m2 depending on the level of robustness required from the solution. The current technology is mature enough for demonstration