2018 AFRL 04 Personnel Signature Reduction
During combat search and rescue operations, it is not always possible to locate and rescue downed pilots before they are identified in enemy territory. Current uniforms and over-garments do little to reduce the visible and infrared signature of downed airmen, and therefore pilots have trouble evading visual, thermal, and low-light sensors. Space for evasion methods on aircraft is extremely limited, so any solution must either already be worn by the pilot, a material they can obtain or take advantage of already existing in their local environment, or fit in their kit.
Develop a way for pilots shot down in combat to evade detection until they can be rescued.
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