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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Smart Jews: Nanotech company figures out how to make planes invisble to radar

Sometimes the ingenuity in this country is just awesome.

A nanotech company here in Israel has figured out how to coat plane skins to make them invisible to radar. No, it's not perfect like stealth, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper (Hat Tip: Gershon D).
An Israeli company called Nanoflight is currently developing a special paint that makes drones, missiles, or war craft simply disappear. Or, to be more precise, they become very difficult to detect.

The critical stage in developing the paint, which was developed in a nanotechnology lab, has recently concluded, and a successful test run was conducted this week. For the test run, a thin layer of the material was painted on dummy missiles, and radar waves aimed at them had a difficult time registering them.

The paint particles don't make the missile's detection on the radar disappear completely, but make it exceedingly difficult to positively identify the object as a missile. In the future, this development will allow any missile or jet significantly decreased radar detection.

Even though they may not entirely disappear from radar screens, this technology is a considerably more cost-effective method to evade radar detection than purchasing an American stealth plane for $5 billion.

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.

"We are only at the beginning and are discovering new worlds everyday," said Eli Shaldag, a former senior Israel Air Force official who worked on the Arrow missile project. He currently is part of the military applications department of Nanoflight.

"This is a breakthrough with the potential to change the rules of the game in the battlefield," Shaldag said.
Awesome. Do they need a lawyer to represent them? Hmmm.


At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet they use chicken schmaltz.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
This is really great news.
You guys need all the aces you can get on your side with such an US president!
This could really change the odds in a battle.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Benyaminov Shamil said...

Hello Carl

I am very interested in it...Do you if they trade on the market. Please let me know..

At 6:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Invisible paint. Is it washable?

I wonder if its possible to make IDF soldiers invisible so they can rescue Shalit right from under Hamas' nose!


Smart Jews, indeed!


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