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I imagine that this kind of camouflage technology would be really useful if a tank was acting as a kind of highly mobile short range artillery, but in any other capacity it'll be almost less than useless. If the tank is moving, there is going to be a nice dust cloud following it and tracks are going to magically appear in the sand that the enemy will be able to see. If the bad guys has weapons with thermal imaging sights, that tank is hosed regardless of the camo it's using. Still pretty cool tech, though.
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Link on index said "Invisible tanks could be on battlefield". I lol'd.
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Depends upon the technology the opponent has. If they have thermals it would be pointless of course, but in a battle where the enemies lack thermals or are very limited in their use it would be extremely effective.

The tank can turn the main engine off, remember. It would be good for ambushes.
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So... how long till these puppies:



Start rolling out?
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How is it then that a submarine can run for hours on battery power. Sometimes days. This was WWII era too.
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They already have hybrid tanks... soooo fail?
yes my mistake, in addition to the new improvements of the m1a1 abrams use of jet fuel as a power source, they will also be adding hydrogen cells.
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diesel electric
I just spent the entire day researching submarine design. The concept of a really big battery has nothing to do with engine design. Exactly what kind of knowledge was the utterance of a noun supposed to impart on me? Other than the motor is used to charge the batteries. Which is as equally feasible in a tank, and in fact is already done.

Do note also that submarines do not run the motor underwater as the crew would suffocate. Not to mention the exhaust would destroy the stealthy nature of a sub.
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Why is something like this is even needed?
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I imagine that this kind of camouflage technology would be really useful if a tank was acting as a kind of highly mobile short range artillery, but in any other capacity it'll be almost less than useless. If the tank is moving, there is going to be a nice dust cloud following it and tracks are going to magically appear in the sand that the enemy will be able to see. If the bad guys has weapons with thermal imaging sights, that tank is hosed regardless of the camo it's using. Still pretty cool tech, though.
This is very cool.

Keep in mind, this is only the first version. Imagine the not too distant future... nanites instantly attach themselves to the dust particles and camouflage them as well as filling tracks as the tank moves.

Thermal imaging will be of no use as nanites mimic exact temperatures of the surrounding environment on all areas of the tank.

Hearing what little noise comes from it will be impossible, as specialized sound dampening nanites surround the tank and keep any sound from being emitted as a result of it's movement.
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They used the code CRSTLCLR to make the tank invisible.
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I just spent the entire day researching submarine design. The concept of a really big battery has nothing to do with engine design. Exactly what kind of knowledge was the utterance of a noun supposed to impart on me? Other than the motor is used to charge the batteries. Which is as equally feasible in a tank, and in fact is already done.

Do note also that submarines do not run the motor underwater as the crew would suffocate. Not to mention the exhaust would destroy the stealthy nature of a sub.
im glad you searched an entire day just to argue with me.
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