A new ‘invisibility’ cloak will have the power to make a tank look like anything from plants to other vehicles. Using on board cameras, the Adaptiv system takes a snapshot of heat signatures of objects in their nearby environment. Using relatively low power, it then translates that signature onto approximately 1,000 hexagonal panels that cover the body of the tank. It makes the vehicle practically invisible to infrared sensors and has a reduced detection range of approximately 500 meters. The panels are made of commercially available material and are designed for ease of use making them easily removable and replaceable.
Preset libraries of object heat signatures can also be used to transform the heat image of the tank. The panels can also be resized for different sized objects even including the facade of a building. BAE Systems, the company that developed Adaptiv says they hope to market it commercially in two years.