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Invisible tanks will not be on the battlefield in five years. Even if the technology was ready now (it's not), and there were working prototypes (there aren't), it would still take a while for the military bureaucracy to either procure enough, find enough cash, have them made, have them installed. It'll probably be 2020 by the time this is around.

Anyway, from what I've been reading, this is not IRL hacks. This is just repainting tanks based on the rough environment they're in (so sandy in deserts, green in forests). They won't simply be invisible like in 007 or starcraft.
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Originally Posted by fabrizziop View Post
Yep, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe it works fine for aerial views and things in that perspective, but with soldiers, they will see the tank easily, it will appear to be "painted" of mountains.
The point of this is not to make a completely invisible tank. They don't need a tank that can play hide and seek with enemy troops, they just need the advantage in combat. Didn't notice our tank first time you scanned the environment for enemies? Now we have the advantage. Getting to take the first shot and being able to decide when the fight starts is a huge advantage. It'll be easier to hide from aerial vehicles too.

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Anyway, from what I've been reading, this is not IRL hacks. This is just repainting tanks based on the rough environment they're in (so sandy in deserts, green in forests). They won't simply be invisible like in 007 or starcraft.
I read it like this too. No way in hell we've got complete invisibility.
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Within five years*Science language
= 2050
    
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A tank, really?

Do they even know how much noise a tank makes
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A tank, really?

Do they even know how much noise a tank makes
Maybe they're using a hybrid engine. I've heard that some tanks use those. Electricity when stealthy, gas at all other times.
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A tank, really?

Do they even know how much noise a tank makes
You could of course turn off the tank engine while you're parked. Camouflage tends to be for when you're still, not moving.
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Maybe they're using a hybrid engine. I've heard that some tanks use those. Electricity when stealthy, gas at all other times.
nobody wants a stuck throttle in the battlefield I love Toyota. I really do.
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This will work...until an enemy walks by it and the camera's project his image onto the side of the tank.
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It is all great in theory, but price wise and battle functionality I think will show a fail more over.
It is a nice concept but under shock waves and concussions, frags and environment dirt/sand/water I don't think it will go well.

We will see.
Yeah, and let's be honest. As far as the military is concerned, people are cheap, this technology isn't. Don't get me wrong, I am prior military and I enjoyed my time in, but anyone that thinks that the military will be willing to fork over the kind of cash this would cost just to save a few replaceable lives is kidding themselves
    
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Looking at it from different angles would reveal the camouflage....


Lets see how this plays out
As would mud or any damage....
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