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BAE unveils infrared 'invisibility cloak' for military vehicles

BAE Systems demonstrated its Adaptiv thermal cloaking technology at last week's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) show in London.


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  • Why doesn't it spend some of it research budget on IED detection devices these are the biggest killer of our troops, who cares about cloaking devices in Afghanistan???

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  • I agree IED's are an area we should be flooding money into .. i thought about somthing in soldiers boots to track the area in front of ther foot so they had an audible or led indication of an ied before standing on it ... we have clever people out in the engineering world ... lets get it done

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  • As we've previously reported, BAE systems and the MOD have been researching ways to counter the IED threat for several years. For example: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/bae-and-portendo-join-forces-on-explosives-detector/1002459.article

  • It'd seem to me that some kind of ground penetrating radar mounted on a low flying UAV, travelling in advance of a party would be able to meet the needs of IED detection.

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  • I don't understand why IED's are not just detonated using a small charge. I know some of the bomp disposal robots use a shotgun to seperate bomb components. There must be a reason why we use people to try to disarm them.

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  • Stop sending our troops to illegal wars and save lives as well as a lot of money.

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  • 'I don't understand why IED's are not just detonated using a small charge. I know some of the bomp disposal robots use a shotgun to seperate bomb components. There must be a reason why we use people to try to disarm them'

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    IED's are detonated with a small charge. Its not the trying to defuse when found that has a high percentage of kills to troops, it the standing on them or driving over them unexpectedly that kills.

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  • Clearly you can't blow them up till you know where they are - so detection is the key. Work is progressing handily on low cost ways of reliably detecting IEDs.

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  • The reason why they are defused is to try & gather forensic evidence of the maker & determine methods of deactivation.This has been a costly excersise for the EOD people & in some areas has been stopped & destruction implemented straight away.However it is locating the devices which needs improving.

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  • Doesn’t this type of technology seem almost redundant now? It looks like we are still planning the cold war with waves of Russians in huge open tank battles across the open plains of Eastern Europe.
    Most armour in the desert wars was destroyed from the air, and then battle tanks were too clumsy and expensive to risk in the street fighting that followed.
    Since IEDs and guerrilla wars are all that is on the horizon, isn’t it better to look into better systems for these environments?

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