New Heat Imaging Technology Makes Tanks Invisible

New Heat Imaging Technology Makes Tanks Invisible
technology

Adaptiv will be able to read a tank's immediate surroundings and mask it in different heat signatures.

Dylan Schenker
  • 7 september 2011

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.

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