BAE Systems announced their ADAPTIV invisibility cloak a few weeks ago, but we waited for this video before posting.The following slideshow is composed of pictures sliced from a BAE Systems video that highlights all the system can do.
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Developed and patented in Sweden. ADAPTIV functions over infra-red and other electronic frequencies. While it can blend the coated vehicle into the background, making it seem to be invisible, it can also shape the returning signal to appear like something else.
A tank, for example, can be made to look like a car. The pictures show both the combat vehicle disappearing and reshaping itself into the outline of an automobile.
In addition to these functions the system also sends out a coded signal to friendly forces, preventing “friendly fire” incidents. When another combat vehicle spots an ADAPTIV tank, it beams back an image marked with a large X signifying a friendly fighter.
The technology is a achieved through sheets of lightweight, hexagonal metallic “pixels” that rapidly change temperature to “paint” thermal images. Each pixel operates independently and adjusts its signature with existing semi-conducting technology.
The BAE video is below, but I’ve taken the best shots and put them in the slideshow.
This is what an ADAPTIV plated tank looks like to an allied tank - helping prevent friendly fire incidents
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