Invisible Tanks?

Yes, invisible

An idea that until recently was believed to be part of a science fiction movie is about to become a reality! British military scientists are developing an invisible tank that uses a technology known as “e-camouflage” which is believed to be ready for battle within five years.

Invisibility will be possible due to sophisticated electronic sensors attached to the armored vehicles, which will project images of the surrounding environment on the outside of the vehicle, thereby making it merge with the battlefield landscape.

The images formed on the tank’s hull will also have the ability to change in accordance with the changing environment, insuring that the vehicle will remain disguised (unlike conventional camouflage), which will enable the tanks to escape attacks more easily.

Scientists at the British defense company BAE Systems believe the technology will be ready for use within five years. This technology is part of the “Future Protected Vehicle” project, which is developing new military technologies including “biometric integration”.

This technology will be using advanced computer programs to scan and analyze crowds and suspicious behavior or inappropriate clothing in order to locate potential threats like suicide bombers, in addition to seeking individuals on Wanted Lists by using face or iris recognition.

Meanwhile the scientists’ innovations at BAE Systems aims to increase troop protection do not stop here, as they are close to developing a transparent armor that will be tougher than bullet-proof glass, which will be used on the sides of the tanks in order to improve visibility.

That should make BII layouts interesting.

2 thoughts on “Invisible Tanks?”

  1. Per your recent post on our British allies, I thought that they were emptying their motorpools of tanks altogether, rendering them “invisibile.”
    That said, since pretty much all modern anti-tank systems use thermal systems to “see” heat signatures, how does more effective camouflage in the visible spectrum help them?

    1. I’m with Esli on this one. Pretty useless if it doesn’t cover the IR spectrum. I think I used the “day” sight on the Bradley about 5% of the time. We used the thermals almost exclusively, because targets really “pop out” from the background.

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