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Israeli Company Debut Stealth Armor Making Vehicles Disappear

Israel’s thermal stealth innovator Eltics unveiled today a short video
depicting the results of recent tests where large thermal panels
installed on a Land Rover Defender vehicle managed to eliminate the
vehicle’s signature, totally masking the vehicle from the thermal
sight’s display.

Following a recent investment refuelling the start-up company, Eltics
embarked on the development and testing of a full scale prototype of the
Black-Fox active – adaptive – multi-spectral stealth system, to be able
to mask a complete vehicle (both sides, front and rear). The system
employs a thermal camera that samples the background view and a system
processor and controller that recreates the necessary effects on the
panels, blending the protected object into the background.

The company already raised 2.5 million in funding and plans to attract
additional 5 million in the near future, enabling it to pursue the next
stage – building and testing a full scale thermal suite in an
operational test of the stealth technology. The compamy has embarked on a
cooperative development with IMI, with the two companies joining forces
in offering thermal adaptive signature management technology with IMI’s
hybrid-reactive armor modules. The new combined module designated
‘Invisible Reactive Armor Protection’ (IRAP) will be designed to match a
wide range of armored fighting vehicles.

By managing the heat distribution of the panels, the Black Fox system
depicts a displayed across the panels, deceiving enemy sensors,
therefore, making target identification, acquisition and tracking
virtually impossible.
According to Ronen Meir Eltics CEO, the current system is capable of
supporting an area 80 square meters of panels. This area will be
sufficient to cover a large vehicle, on all sides. This installation
will also employ specially designed windows that also minimize
noticeable changes in thermal emissions, caused by the cooler
transparent areas. The current system covers the entire infrared range,
addressing thermal sensors operating in the both 3-5 and 8-12 micron
wavelengths.

According to Meir, the company has also tested another function of the
system – its ability to change pattern, depicting a different thermal
silhouette. This function enables a ‘Black Fox’ equipped tank to ‘look
like’ a truck, jeep or APC, or an air defense vehicle or missile
launcher to look like an ordinary truck. These functions have
significant implications in denying intelligence gathering by the enemy,
by totally eliminating potential targets or misleading the enemy to
regard such targets as ‘lower priority’ objects. In addition to denying
enemy identification by thermal observation, Black Fox is also capable
of deceiving or disrupting defending forces from being tracked or
engaged by heat or Imaging Infra-red seekers.