Tanks test infra-red invisibility cloak

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Tanks test infra-red invisibility cloak

BBC News - Tanks test infra-red invisibility cloak

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Tanks could soon get night time invisibility thanks to a cloaking device that masks their infra-red signature.

Developed by BAE Systems, the Adaptiv technology allows vehicles to mimic the temperature of their surroundings.

It can also make a tank look like other objects, such as a cow or car, when seen through heat-sensitive 'scopes.
Researchers are looking at ways to make it work with other wavelengths of light to confer true invisibility.

Hiding out

The hi-tech camouflage uses hexagonal panels or pixels made of a material that can change temperature very quickly. About 1,000 pixel panels, each of which is 14cm across, are needed to cover a small tank.


The panels are driven by on-board thermal cameras that constantly image the ambient temperature of the tank's surroundings. This is projected on to the panels to make it harder to spot. The cameras can also work when the tank is moving.

Its developers would not discuss exactly how the panels are heated and cooled.

Field trials of the thermal cloaking system showed that it made a tank resemble background scenery best from a distance of 300-400m.

BAE Systems has also produced a library containing the heat images of other objects, such as trucks, cars and large rocks, that can be projected on to the panels.
"Earlier attempts at similar cloaking devices have hit problems because of cost, excessive power requirements or because they were insufficiently robust," said Adaptiv project manager Pader Sjolund at BAE Systems in a statement.

By contrast, he explained, Adaptiv panels add to the armour on a fighting vehicle and consume relatively little power.

"We can resize the pixels to achieve stealth for different ranges," he added. "A warship or building, for instance, might not need close-up stealth, so could be fitted with larger panels."
BAE estimates that the technology could be ready to put into production in two years.
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Makes the tank look like a creepy paedo wagon. Genius!
So it's like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. You can get two boys in the tank and make it look like an Ice Cream Van.
 

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Thev Guardian said pretty much the same today except it would make tanks look like cows!
 
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how much? same thing in the 99p shop for er 99p :)

or BAE do a version for 10k each which we will probably go for
I thnk you may be confusing a PET heat reflective tent with a roll of kitchen foil (or maybe a much smaller "Blanket"). But you're right about the £10k if Bae sells them. BAE Filton is barely walking distance from Abbey Wood... what a coincidence!
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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I thnk you may be confusing a PET heat reflective tent with a roll of kitchen foil (or maybe a much smaller "Blanket"). But you're right about the £10k if Bae sells them. BAE Filton is barely walking distance from Abbey Wood... what a coincidence!
nope same thing right down to the white string, I bought a couple And they were next to the blankets which were in a pack of two for the same price. :)

I am prepared to release my stock to the mod for testing purposes for 5k ea with a limited service package included.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
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the taliban use woollen blankets to do the same thing. crafty and enviromentally friendly.

maybe someone who has a bored grandma can persuade her to get on with a tank cosy.
 
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the taliban use woollen blankets to do the same thing. crafty and enviromentally friendly.

maybe someone who has a bored grandma can persuade her to get on with a tank cosy.
Exactly what we did as OPFOR. Works even better when there is a little rain so the blankets are wet.

Also there is allready a very useful swedish system, google for "Barracuda Camouflage".
 
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Now if they can just solve the problem of 60 ton gruntcrunchers leaving bloody big tank tracks and clouds of dust everywhere, they'll be sorted.
 
#14
12 posts and we've already had the BAE Systems mark-up but no-one to say that SDSR will render tanks COMPLETELY invisible?

Standards, standards, standards...
 
#16
A car in a woodblock. Not suspicious at all...
Ideal for exercises if you want to disguise yourself as the DS.

So it's like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. You can get two boys in the tank and make it look like an Ice Cream Van.
I'd need to disguise the tank as an ice cream van to entice the two boys in.
 
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Mmmhh, a Mini Clubman hovering four feet above a set of warm tracks and with a large steel tube hanging out of the back doors.....that's not a target..........
 
#18
And it will last as long as the first visit to the Tank Wash,or the first handshake with a pressure washer, ;-) bit like IR paint and Kero! :muhaha:
 
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Not too worry BAE say it could be operational in 2 years so we will all be dead and buried long before it is.
 
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So it'll make tanks look like cars, cows, anything but a tank in fact?

That's us fucked if we ever fight the yanks.
 

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