Thermal imagers, specifically those with un-cooled sensors, have become cheaper and are therefore becoming increasingly widespread. They are also becoming downsized for use as modern thermal weapon sights. What is more, multispectral camouflage of vehicles and systems has reached a point at which the residual thermal signature is smaller than that of a soldier. As a result camouflage for soldiers can no longer be restricted to visual and near-infrared.
The IRBD is breathable and does not hinder the soldier in their physical activity. It is also suitable for combat in urban environments.
A lightweight suit has been developed whose visual appearance is indistinguishable from a standard BDU, but by its special coating and design reduces the thermal signature of a soldier. The suit is based on the Camoshield™-Technology. Optionally the IRBD can be finished with flame retardant, vector protection, etc.