The British company has tested 'Adaptiv', a system which can match vehicles to their surroundings or disguise them as civilian vehicles.

BAE Systems‘ new ‘invisibility cloak’ can make a vehicle blend into its surroundings or appear to be another object. The technology, known as ‘Adaptiv,’ can work over infra-red and other parts of the electro-magnetic spectrum. It uses lightweight hexagonal ‘pixels’ (powered by the vehicles’ systems) that can change temperature very rapidly.

On-board cameras can pick up the background scenery and display that infra-red image on the vehicle so it is camouflaged. It can also mimic another vehicle or display identification tags, reducing the risk of friendly fire. The hand-sized pixels are made of metal and they can sustain physical impact, while also being quick and easy to replace if damaged.

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