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Special Operations Tactical Suit

Dress up and become invisible
Magnus Gäfvert
Head of Marketing and Sales, Barracuda, Business Area Dynamics
+46 493 148 75

Highly trained snipers and special operators are invaluable resources. SOTACS – the Special Operations Tactical Suit – provides such operators with a camouflage system that allows stealth operations in hostile environments. The suit is customisable, has multispectral characteristics and offers exceptional cover from a wide range of reconnaissance systems.


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Saab has developed a series of lightweight personal camouflage solutions capable of protecting soldiers in all types of operations. These multispectral systems are adapted for a wide range of situations, including special operations.

The Special Operations Tactical Suit has been developed to provide special operations forces and snipers with a camouflage system that allows stealth operations in hostile environments. The suit offers exceptional cover from a wide range of currently available reconnaissance systems. SOTACS has multispectral characteristics and can be adapted to precise customer requirements.

In use

Saab's Signature Management product range currently has a customer base of more than 50 countries worldwide.

These customer relations have been built up during more than 50 years of dedicated development in camouflage and deception.

Technical specification


Some situations require extreme measures of signature protection. For special operations forces, snipers and forward observers operating in high risk areas, remaining undetected can spell the difference between mission success and failure. The multispectral camouflage properties of the SOTACS significantly reduce the risk of detection, allowing the soldier to focus completely on the task.



Saab Barracuda offers a complete range of Personal Camouflage Systems. The intention is to offer all soldiers, including special operations forces, lightweight and easy to pack Signature Management tools that provide protection and facilitate stealth operations in hostile territories. The Special Operations Tactical Suit (SOTACS) represents the most advanced personal camouflage equipment available. The suit has multispectral characteristics and provides protection from visual observation, night vision devices and thermal sensors. It can be worn over ordinary Battle Dress Uniform, allowing the level of camouflage to be adapted to each situation.

Signature-management properties

  • Visual. Colours used in the SOTACS are designed to imitate the colour scheme of each intended environment, making the suit blend in perfectly with its surroundings. The texture of the suit also disrupts the revealing contours of the human body and creates a shape that resembles the environment. SOTACS colours can be adapted to match any environment.

  • Near-Infrared. Pigments used in the fabric are developed to emulate the near-infrared reflection of vegetation, rocks, sand and soil in the intended environment. The near-infrared properties of the SOTACS provide protection against night vision devices and other related threats.

  • Thermal Infrared. The Thermal Infrared properties of the SOTACS are adapted to obstruct thermal reconnaissance and reduce the risk of detection in all climate conditions. The suit blocks 80 % of the thermal energy emitted by the soldier and enables emitted body heat to be cooled down by the ambient air, making the thermal signature blend in perfectly with the surroundings.


Saab Barracuda SOTACS is ultra-light, weighing no more than 2.9 kg. The ‘non-snagging’ construction ensures easy handling and allows a long service life for the system. The fabric is water repellent and maintains its light weight even in humid or wet weather conditions. The SOTACS can be customised to the end-user’s wishes.



 The SOTACS can be delivered with a variety of complementary accessories such as gloves, hats and weapon camouflage.

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