Army tests James Bond style
tank that is 'invisible'
Thursday November 1, 2007
New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled
by the Ministry of Defence.
In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle
completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would
be ready for service by 2012.
The new technology uses cameras and projectors to beam images
of the surrounding landscape onto a tank.
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The result is that anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle
only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself.
A soldier, who was at the trials, said: "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."
How the technology works in a combat situation is very sensitive,
but the MoD is believed to be testing a military jacket that works
on the same principles.
It is the type of innovation normally associated with James Bond,
and the brains behind the latest technology is the MoD's very
own "Q" - Professor Sir John Pendry, of Imperial College
He said the only drawback was the reliability of the cameras
But he added: "The next stage is to make the tank invisible
without them - which is intricate and complicated, but possible."