Electromagnetic ForceField Protection Developed and Invisible Tanks
Force Fields and Invisible Tanks
Force Fields and Cloaks of Invisibility Finally a Reality!
At last force fields and invisibility cloaks are on the way ! Every science fiction fan knows that force fields are what protect you from plasma rockets or torpedoes (or whatever they are called). But now science fact is finally catching up with force field science fiction, in yet another development inspired by Star Trek (body scanners are a direct result of Star Trek inspiration along with many other cool devices). Anyway the British Army is currently developing force field technology to protect its armoured vehicles from anti-tank rockets. At the moment, tanks are protected by thick metal and explosive reactive charges which detonate and send the epxlosive force outwards before a RPG can send its explosive force inwards. This protection does however make tanks very heavy.
The Army is also developing a new technology known as "e-camouflage" which uses a form "electronic ink" to make a vehicle "invisible". Electronic sensors are attached to the vehicle's hull and project images of the surroundings back onto the outside of the vehicle so that it merges into the landscape in much the same way that a squid uses ink to help as a disguise or a chameleon takes on the same colours as its surroundings.
The UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph has reported that scientists at the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have, however, now devised a supercharged electromagnetic field that will repulse attacks on tanks and other armoured vehicles.
Almost Invisible Feline Force Field
The force field is created by super capacitors in the armour of the vehicles. These supercapacitors store massive amounts of energy, that are then deployed if an incoming threat is detected. The energy in the supercapacitor is rapidly transmitted to the metal plating on the outside of the vehicle, producing a strong electromagnetic field. The force field thus produced can deflect anything up to small missiles, and also recharges quickly to deflect the next attack.
Professor Bryn James of the Science and Technology Lab said that as a result, combat vehicles would be better protected and would not need so much heavy armour.
The electromagnetic field only lasts a fraction of a second, so it needs to be used at exactly the right moment. The vehicle will therefore require an advanced tracking system to determine with aboslute accuracy the exact moment the force field needs to be switched on.
Prof. James said: "The supercapacitor material can be charged up and then discharged in one powerful event to repel incoming fire. You would think this would require huge amounts of energy, but ... it can be done with surprisingly small amounts of electrical power. Conventional armour is just a lump of metal but an RPG round can punch through more than a foot of steel. Carrying around enough armour to protect against that is extremely heavy. The real advantage to the electric armour is how light it can be by comparison."
The comparatively lightweight electric armo could be used to protect the outer shell of a vehicle by using a flexible cloth-like supercapacitor material, which can be used to create a lining beneath the armor that transforms the vehicle into a giant battery pack.