Army Tests Invisible Tank

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The Army is reportedly testing secret technology which makes tanks and troops invisible.

The Ministry of Defence revealed they made a vehicle seem to completely disappear in trials last week.

A soldier present at the trials told The Sun: "This technology is absolutely 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 highly secret trials were conducted by the Royal Engineers and scientists from specialist researchers QinetiQ, the former research arm of the MoD.

The breakthrough uses cameras and projectors to beam images captured from the surrounding landscape on to a specially-adapted tank coated with silicon to maximise their reflective qualities.

The result is that the naked eye sees only the view which is behind the tank.

The MoD are also testing a military jacket which works on the same principles.

Professor Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London, the world's leading authority on the physics of invisibility, said: "It is realistic to expect battlefield applications in five years - given sufficient funding.

"The theory is done and dusted. The hard work now goes into development."
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Squaddies have been making kit disappear since time began :D
 
#2
Sounds a little bit like "The Emperors New clothes" to me.

I can just imagine Swiss Des trying to convince us we've just been issued 200 invisible tanks....along with our invisible body armour..
 
#4
How would you find it to get in?
 
#5
This is really old news, as you say. I am sure many folk can think of instances where the question has been, "what the hell is that?" to which the answer has been, "What?"
 
#7
RFUK said:
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The Army is reportedly testing secret technology which makes tanks and troops invisible.

The Ministry of Defence revealed they made a vehicle seem to completely disappear in trials last week.

A soldier present at the trials told The Sun: "This technology is absolutely 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 highly secret trials were conducted by the Royal Engineers and scientists from specialist researchers QinetiQ, the former research arm of the MoD.

The breakthrough uses cameras and projectors to beam images captured from the surrounding landscape on to a specially-adapted tank coated with silicon to maximise their reflective qualities.

The result is that the naked eye sees only the view which is behind the tank.

The MoD are also testing a military jacket which works on the same principles.

Professor Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London, the world's leading authority on the physics of invisibility, said: "It is realistic to expect battlefield applications in five years - given sufficient funding.

"The theory is done and dusted. The hard work now goes into development."
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Squaddies have been making kit disappear since time began :D
Now your first sentence, on its own, would have been funny! But you let yourself down with sentence number two.
 
#8
One way of avoiding the congestion charge when we have our coup! :D
 
#9
Professor Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London, the world's leading authority on the physics of invisibility, said: "It is realistic to expect battlefield applications in five years - given sufficient funding."
So, not something the MOD will be keen to progress, then.


And the story is originally from The Sun, so it's veracity is probably doubtful anyway.
 
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Ozduke said:
RFUK said:
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Squaddies have been making kit disappear since time began :D
Now your first sentence, on its own, would have been funny! But you let yourself down with sentence number two.
Don't I get some kind of double-pun score. Like in scrabble?
 
#13
Cool idea, especially if they get the combat gear working - troops appearing 'Predator' like from bloody thin air - talk about Psi Ops.

Invisable tanks would also be hours of fun straddled across a BFT circuit - Jog, jog BANG!

Only problem is the MoD can't even afford to give us basic gear now, how are they going to stretch to this - it will NOT be cheap?
 
#14
" The Ministry of Defence revealed they made a vehicle seem to completely disappear in trials last week."

Why do they need trials?? they've been making all kinds disappear for several years, regiments, ships, subs, aircraft etc, they are experts at it FFS :roll:
 
#15
We've already got invisible tanks and equipment all over vehicle parks.

Ditto: the SopS for Defence on Scottish days; military hospitals; deployable reserves; supplies and welfare support.

Oh and about 10% of manpower.

Savings and cutbacks are completely immune from this invisibility trick, but the politicians are onto the problem. QuinetiC's top scientists were onto it but most have them have disappeared into industry anyway.
 
#16
This has been going on since WW2. Reading about my oppos in the "barbed wire 11" they even met up with a scientist called "Hermann" who had designed a mobile variant.
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#17
The_Cad said:
One way of avoiding the congestion charge when we have our coup! :D
You are not supposed to mention that!

Stock check and inspections would be a doddle though.
 
#18
The Spams have already designed this and were bigging it up a couple of years ago in Military.com

Nothing New!
 
#19
No cloak of invisibility is going to give more than a short term advantage, as tactically it is negated when you open fire. Even using arctic cam which can be very efffective, it is necessary to change fire position after a few rounds owing to carbon deposits staining the snow around the weapon. No substitute for reliably equipped and well trained soldiers.
 
#20
The chamelion effect, for economy only one side of the "tank" will have the display element, and of course your combats likewise, Brits on the front, French on the back .

note to sib , let yourself in and we'll have a brew before we go. :)

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