“Invisible” Tanks Could Be On Battlefield Within Five Years

Invisible tankPerfect for fighting “invisible” wars. The Telegraph reports:

Armoured vehicles will use a new technology known as “e-camouflage” which deploys a form “electronic ink” to render a vehicle “invisible”.

Highly sophisticated electronic sensors attached to the tank’s hull will project images of the surrounding environment back onto the outside of the vehicle enabling it to merge into the landscape and evade attack.

The electronic camouflage will enable the vehicle to blend into the surrounding countryside in much the same way that a squid uses ink to help as a disguise.

Unlike conventional forms of camouflage, the images on the hull would change in concert with the changing environment always insuring that the vehicle remains disguised.

In Helmand, for example, all armoured vehicle have desert sand coloured camouflage, which is of little use in the “Green Zone”, an area of cultivation where crops are grown and the Taliban often hide.

Up until recently such concepts were thought to be the stuff of science fiction but scientists at the defence company BAE Systems now believe battlefield “invisibility” will soon become science fact.

Scientists at the BAE hope the new technology will be available to use with the British Army fighting in Southern Afghanistan and in future conflicts…

For more info, see original article.

13 Comments on "“Invisible” Tanks Could Be On Battlefield Within Five Years"

  1. Lucky for me, I was pretty good at Battlezone. Hire me, pay my $10000 per hit, and exempt me from all that military bullshit, and I’ll help.

  2. Lucky for me, I was pretty good at Battlezone. Hire me, pay my $10000 per hit, and exempt me from all that military bullshit, and I’ll help.

    • Bud Bundy | Jan 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm |

      No dice. You might be good at a videogame but theres no reset button when your on the battle field for real.

  3. Anonymous | Jan 20, 2011 at 11:44 am |

    Now all they will have to do is send in the army corp of engineers to clean up the battlefield first. Armoured wet and dry mega vacuum clears to suck up all that ‘make tanks dirty’ dust and mud.
    Don’t worry they’ll still be able to scam billions of US taxpayers even more if they can force this bullshit on the rest of the world.
    Got to hand it to the US military industrial complex they single handily managed to create all the enemies they have been fighting since the cold war ended. murder inc. trading human lives for billions in profits.

  4. Now all they will have to do is send in the army corp of engineers to clean up the battlefield first. Armoured wet and dry mega vacuum clears to suck up all that ‘make tanks dirty’ dust and mud.
    Don’t worry they’ll still be able to scam billions of US taxpayers even more if they can force this bullshit on the rest of the world.
    Got to hand it to the US military industrial complex they single handily managed to create all the enemies they have been fighting since the cold war ended. murder inc. trading human lives for billions in profits.

  5. Great… more weapons. :/ Just what we need to do is give our military even more power…. And where’s this funding coming from..?? Hmm….

  6. Great… more weapons. :/ Just what we need to do is give our military even more power…. And where’s this funding coming from..?? Hmm….

  7. Word Eater | Jan 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    This was in the UK, not the US. Other than that, your rant stands.

  8. Bud Bundy | Jan 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

    Not to nitpick, but the picture is of a Bradley, which is not a Tank. Its not even a good approximation, but its clearly a bradley.

    Considering its main payload is an Infantry squad, its actually far more dangerous despite have 1/5 the armor and a gun laughably small compared to a tank.

  9. Bud Bundy | Jan 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    Not to nitpick, but the picture is of a Bradley, which is not a Tank. Its not even a good approximation, but its clearly a bradley.

    Considering its main payload is an Infantry squad, its actually far more dangerous despite have 1/5 the armor and a gun laughably small compared to a tank.

  10. Bud Bundy | Jan 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |

    No dice. You might be good at a videogame but theres no reset button when your on the battle field for real.

  11. Bud Bundy | Jan 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |

    No dice. You might be good at a videogame but theres no reset button when your on the battle field for real.

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