From camouflage to metal surface protection to unit identification, US military vehicles, aircraft and equipment depend upon paint for much more than simple aesthetics. CARC is one of the most important and widely used types of paint applied to military equipment.
Developed by the Army in 1974, CARC paint provides protection against radioactivity and chemical and biological weapons by resisting absorption of these dangerous agents and making for easier decontamination. CARC-painted surfaces are also extremely durable and resistant to general weathering and the damage and corrosion that can often occur as a result of decontamination chemicals, extending the vehicle or equipment’s service life.
In addition, CARC-painted surfaces serve to minimize vehicle detection by providing a highly matte finish, which reduces reflection and glare from the sun and other light sources. CARC-specific pigmentation additives can be used in conjunction with standard camouflage patterns to provide further protection, ranging from limiting solar heat absorption to mimicking the reflective properties of foliage.