posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 11:38 AM
I realize the name of the article sounds like this should be in the weaponry forum, but since this is discussing the technology and it's applications
I put it here, plus it is the title of the article. Mods if this needs to be moved, please do. Thanks.
We are all familiar with how technologies both new and old have been forever changing the battlefields and the ways in which wars are waged. We now
have unmanned drones patrolling the skies and even aircraft that are seemingly invisible to radar. Many of these stealth aircraft can cost upwards of
$5 billion each and can be cost prohibitive even to major superpowers, and thus far missiles continue to show up on radar. Until now.
These days, we are always reading about something being invented that science fiction spoke of many years ago. Now, a special paint that is currently
being developed by an Israeli company called Nanoflight, is claimed to make anything that it covers, including aircraft, missiles, etc. more difficult
to detect by radar. Sound hard to believe? The company explains how this works as thus:
How does it work? In order to locate objects, the radar transmitter sends out electromagnetic waves. When these waves hit an object, they are
scattered in all directions, with some of them being bounced back to the radar itself. Regular signal reception indicates the existence of an object.
The nanotechnology developed envelopes the object, absorbs the radio waves emitted by the radar, and releases them as heat energy scattered in space.
In doing so, the material disguises the object, making it difficult to identify by radar.
The company has stated that they are working on other aspects of this material, that will work on the infrared spectrum. This could render night
vision goggles useless if this material were to be applied to men and materiels.
Of course as with any military application, there can be civilian uses as well. The company states that this material could be applied to normal
objects in order to decrease things such as air pollution.
If this 'paint' works the way they say, the possibilities are endless in both military and civilian applications. Of course, it would be my guess
the Israeli's and possibly the US will be all that would have access to it, then the US probably already has something similar. But if this were to
make it out of Israel, can you imagine the implications? The US military in particular is extremely reliant on night vision for their operations.