How long have we got before some bright spark forgets where he left his tank and can’t find it?
Then again, if criminals ever obtain the technology then surveillance cameras would never pick up trespassers, prowlers, stalkers, robbers etc. and terrorist attacks will become considerably easier to carry out.
Maybe this is one Genie they should have left in the bottle…..
Invisible Tanks, Planes and Armor could hit Battlefields in 5 Years
January 18th, 2011
Invisible tanks — and maybe invisible soldiers — may soon be charging onto battlefields.
A British weapons manufacturer is making good on the promise of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, describing an “eCamouflage” system that uses electronic ink to disguise combat vehicles by projecting videos of the countryside onto them — electronic squid ink of a sort.
Using highly sophisticated electronic sensors attached to a vehicle’s hull, BAE Systems plans to project images of the surrounding environment back onto the outside of the vehicle — enabling it to merge into the landscape and evade attack, explained London paper The Telegraph.
BAE Systems is working with an unnamed Swedish company that makes a technology similar to the e-ink screens in digital book readers like the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, explained Mike Sweeney, head of external communications for the company.
“The guys in Sweden, together with some other companies we’ve been looking at, have the answer to that question,” he said. BAE is starting with tanks, such as the CV90 (or Combat Vehicle 90, the Swedish equivalent of the Bradley tank) on which the first tests will be conducted. But the technology won’t be limited to them, Sweeney said.
“We’re also working on it for aircraft,” he told FoxNews.com.
This isn’t the first time the technology has been discussed. FoxNews.com wrote about invisible tanks in 2007, when they were merely a concept. And BAE isn’t alone in its quest to make things vanish. Several companies have been working on similar technologies, all based on the same approach, as Sweeney was quick to note: They all use “a camera to capture the scene on the other side of the vehicle, then project that image on the other side of the vehicle so that it blends into the environment.”
But BAE plans to make it happen, intending to test in Sweden at the end of the month a technology it calls “adaptive signature.” And the next stage, Sweeney explained, will be transparent battle armor for soldiers.
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