Why military people paint peaks (> or ^ ) on the camouflage schemes of vehicles?

For example, I have seen this symbol > both near the cockpit of aircraft and on the hull of armoured vehicles, they are painted in red sometimes which is unlikely most camouflage colours.

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  • 7 years ago
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    It varies, depending on application and purpose. On military aircraft the small red triangles adjacent to the cockpit warn of the ejector seat, the larger "<" or ">" in red warn of jet intakes. Very important for personnel outside the aircraft. It makes no difference to the value of any camouflage - if you're close enough to distinguish the markings it's irrelevant anyway!

    On armoured vehicles the various markings, usually in white, are for identification purposes. For instance to identify the squadron commander, troop commander or whatever. They vary from country to country and unit to unit but have meaning to colleagues.

  • 3 years ago

    green is the main beautiful shade to the attention. it is not quite relating to the guy selection. it is nature's maximum sufficient shade. Human eye notices green hue differences the least while positioned against the fairway historic past. So, for aerial pictures or reconnaissance pictures, a green camouflage could stand out the least, inspite of the shown fact that presently, with the progressed technologies it in all probability does no longer count number anymore. even inspite of the undeniable fact that, between the previous college strategies, green/dark green camouflage, comparable to random nature leaf trend (as seen from distance) remains the popular camouflage shade

  • 7 years ago

    It came about when we started using night vision and infra-red. You can see the vehicles on the night vision and infra-red cameras but it can be very difficult to distinguish what Nation (or Force) owns it. Allied forces decided the best thing to do was to paint a big chevron on all allied military vehicles. These chevrons show up on the NV and IR camera feeds.

    It's not a new idea though, in WW2 in preparation for D-Day, they painted black and white stripes on the fuselages of all Allied aircraft so their own side wouldn't shoot them down.

    Source(s): Own knowledge and experience.
  • 7 years ago

    It's supposed to stop trigger happy yanks shooting up the British Army again. I didn't work in either Gulf War. Americans would rather shoot than bother to make sure they shoot the right people. They also shot down friendly helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The US tankies also shot up British military vehicles, that's why the symbols are on the top and sides. I think what it would take to stop the yanks shooting friendlies is return fire. If push comes to shove the Challenger II can take the M1 Abrams, the Yanks use a cheap version of Chobham armor but the Challenger II uses the full spec version and a very good gun.

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  • strech
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    7 years ago

    On some aircraft, it's to warn of the jet engine intake:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23...

    Open the link, and click the magnifier over the ">", and you'll see it labeled as such.

  • on jets, this labels the jet intake;

    on izraeli armored vehicles this is a recognition symbol (may be meaning something in their alphabet)

  • 7 years ago

    It is so that you can tell who the vehicle is assigned to.

  • 7 years ago
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