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Oh, nice — Invisible Tanks
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The British have developed a technology that may make military vehicles and troops invisible:
But the Ministry of Defence has just revealed it is testing prototype technology that can make tanks and troops disappear.

It is developing special cameras that film the surrounding scenery and project it on to the men or their vehicles clad in reflective materials.

As a result enemies look straight "through" them.

Recent trials have had some success, according to the MoD, and use of the technology on the battlefield could be just a few years away.

Should it work, the technology could help cut down battlefield losses in future conflicts.

Military chiefs are also interested in a far more advanced technique that uses nano-technology to create Harry Potter style "invisibility cloaks".
Said a witness to these tests:
A soldier, who was at the trials, said: "This technology is incredible. If I hadn't been present I wouldn't have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees - but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun."
The Sun claims:
But The Sun has learned that the key is the manipulation of the molecular structure of nonnatural materials known as “metamaterials” so that they react differently to light.

Scientists said the disappearance of the tank was “very convincing”.




And the Brits aren't the only one's playing with this sort of technology. From Japan an example on YouTube.

Of course one thing to keep in mind when considering this sort of technology and the military, I doubt it would be that much of an advantage against a sophisticated enemy using thermal sighting devices (or fool JSTARS). Hot is still hot even if you can't see it in the visual spectrum. But against a less sophisticated enemy - talk about some hellacious ambushes set up in plain sight, wow.

Of course that's until they buy cheap little hand-held thermal sights themselves. Neat stuff, but really, will it have an actual use militarily unless they find a way to defeat the thermal signature as well?

(HT: Joel C)
 
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I think this is grossly UNFAIR, and until we ALL have this camouflage, NO ONE should have it. I propose a new UN program, funded by a tax on the wealth of the top 1/10th of 1% of the globe’s wealthiest, to provide this "common hertiage of all mankind" to developing countries.
 
Written By: Joe
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Oh sure, they can turn a tank invisible, but still none of those flying cars we were promised...
 
Written By: shark
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Oh sure, they can turn a tank invisible, but still none of those flying cars we were promised...

Wow think on THIS, Invisible, flying cars...how scary is that?
 
Written By: Joe
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...and here we have a tank that’s not being seen.
 
Written By: Steverino
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"This tank has learnt the first lesson of not being seen - not to stand up."

Now they’ll need to develop a cone of silence to sit over the top of it while it’s not being seen.
 
Written By: looker
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wait a sec.

I don’t want flying cars, and I’ll tell you why.

People are stupid.

Don’t get me wrong, the individual is brilliant..but the more people you have collectively, the dumber they become. The last thing i want is some yahoo with one too many under his belt crashing into my house after he forgot to gas up.

Flying cars for EMS, FireFighters, Cops and what not? Sure. Flying cars for civies? No.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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Flying cars for EMS, FireFighters, Cops and what not? Sure. Flying cars for civies? No.

AND Blade Runners....
 
Written By: Joe
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Invisible flying cars - would be harder to find after they’ve crashed into Joel’s house.

Invisible troops - the women’s locker room invasion plan will be able to move forward now.

Flying cars - I want the ones from Fifth Element.
 
Written By: looker
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will it have an actual use militarily unless they find a way to defeat the thermal signature as well?
How hard is it to fake a tanks thermal image? If a convoy had all vehicles invisible and all showing the heat signature of MBTs, it might deter ambush. Endless possibilities.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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If a convoy had all vehicles invisible and all showing the heat signature of MBTs, it might deter ambush.
Unless it ran into an anti-tank ambush, and then it would be one very dead convoy.
 
Written By: McQ
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Wonder if this could make a SUV look like a tank, that would scare lane hogs on the motorway. Fill their rear view mirror with the image of a depressed 120 mm cannon...
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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I could see this being useful in steak-outs, sting operations, and other times when having the people you want to observe knowing you’re there is counter to the intent of the observing...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Wonder if this could make a SUV look like a tank, that would scare lane hogs on the motorway. Fill their rear view mirror with the image of a depressed 120 mm cannon...
Nah. They’d still just flip you off.
 
Written By: McQ
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I could see this being useful in steak-outs, sting operations, and other times when having the people you want to observe knowing you’re there is counter to the intent of the observing...
Heh ... yeah, until some guy tries to park in that "empty" parking spot.
 
Written By: McQ
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Heh ... yeah, until some guy tries to park in that "empty" parking spot.
Remdinds me of an old joke involving Superman and The Invisible Man. (No, it’s not worthy of repeating here.)
and other times when having the people you want to observe knowing you’re there is counter to the intent of the observing...
Like when you’re casing out houses for burglary? Or crashing the girls’ dorm at college?
 
Written By: Steverino
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Or crashing the girls’ dorm at college?
I swear to god if you ruin this for me...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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We’re still a ways away from this being practical. For one thing, I want anyone else with a military background to consider for a moment what tends to happen to the exterior of vehicles in the field, both on deployment and during FTXes. In my experience not only are they exposed to extremes of heat, cold, and water, but they’re often scratched, struck, and otherwise abused both by the environment (driving through underbrush, for example) and by soldiers as they load and unload gear (and we’ll ignore the issue of externally mounted ammo cans, rucks, tow cables, pioneer kits, water and/or mogas cans, etc, etc. So the tech needs not only to be made self-contained (unlike the british and japanese setups which still require free-standing projectors and cameras), but the cameras and the display/projection media need to be tough enough to stand up to extended amounts of the sort of abuse I described above.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s fascinating technology. But don’t expect Stealth Tanks anytime soon. As for signature masking for other tech:

-IR: We already have techniques to mitigate IR signature somewhat (keeping engines off when possible, exhaust designs that try to passively cool the exhaust and/or diffuse it over a wider area), but I don’t see any sort of magical solution anytime soon. The best techniques are still procedural, like conducting movement during IR Crossover. The worst I’ve ever seen was when I was in Iraq during summer evenings. It effectively rendered our IR sensors blind most of the time unless a human target or vehicle moved onto something retaining enough of the day’s heat (like blacktop) to provide a good contrast.

-Radar: Meh. We have the technology to mitigate this but it’s so finicky and expensive that I don’t see it being practical. And it’s not so much a matter of systems like JSTARS (which I don’t see many other nations being able to field in quantity. Not for long, anyway, given our air power) as GSR units like our own AN/PPS-5. Those have been around enough that it wouldn’t really surprise me to see old soviet GSR dishes in the hands of insurgents.

And this is without getting into all the other ways of detecting both vehicles and personnel (MASINT like our own I-REMBASS kit, anyone?). This sort of thing is cool to think about, and might be useful in very, -very- specific circumstances, but I can’t see it ever becoming practical enough to be a mainstream part of military equipment.
 
Written By: Lysenko
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It’s a good thing Bush doesn’t have this technology or he might try to invade Iran and hope no one notices!
 
Written By: abw
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Let the terrorists start buying IR goggles and stuff. A bit less coin in their pockets.
 
Written By: jows
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