October 31, 2007
British Army tests ‘invisible’ tank, ala James Bond style
Quite reminding you of Q or David Copperfield, the Ministry of Defense has unveiled a new technology that can make tanks invisible. They carried out secret trials recently and have stated that the invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012. The technology involves using cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank. As a result, anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself. According to a soldier present at the trial, “This technology is incredible. If I hadn’t been present I wouldn’t have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees – but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun.” The Ministry is also working on a military jacket that works on the same principle. MoD’s Professor Sir John Pendry, of Imperial College London, has developed this latest technology.
How the ‘invisible’ tanks perform in actual conditions is quite speculative. The only drawback seems to be the reliability of the cameras and projectors. According to Sir John Pendry “The next stage is to make the tank invisible without them – which is intricate and complicated, but possible.”