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See This Tank? Poland Hopes You Don’t

We have stealth technology that can hide aircraft and ships from radar, sonar and other means of detection. We have David Copperfield who can make the Statue of Liberty disappear. But can anyone make a tank invisible? Poland claims it can.

In September, 2013, Poland’s OBRUM (Polish acronym for Research and Development Centre for Mechanical Appliances) defense group, working with Britain’s BAE Systems, unveiled a concept demonstrator model of the PL-01, a stealth battlefield tank which will use an angular design and low profile to deflect and avoid radar.

New innovations include reactive panels made of temperature controlling wafers that will match the surrounding conditions to mask its heat signature from nighttime thermal imaging scans. That’s just the beginning. Each wafer can be controlled individually to create a heat image of a completely different vehicle or object. Cover the tank with state-of-the-art camouflage paint and it sounds on paper like the PL-01 is one sneaky Sherman. So when can we not see this invisible tank?

Recent military reports say OBRUM and BAE have begun work on a full prototype of the PL-01 that is scheduled to be completed in 2016 and, if successful, used for mass production in 2018.

Should Poland’s enemies be afraid? While its visibility will be low, the PL-01’s firepower will be high. It will be armed with an unmanned turret, smoke grenade launchers, a 105mm or 120mm smoothbore cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial internal gun and a detachable remotely controlled 7.62 or 50 caliber independent gun turret system. Whoa!

With delivery not until 2018, Poland’s adversaries have plenty of time to learn how to say in Polish, “Tank? What tank?”

Nothing to see here ... move along.

Nothing to see here … move along.

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  • Rodolfo Aguilar

    Why this fucking idiots don’t use their talent to fight hunger, poverty, ignorance, and cancer, instead to show off weapons to destroy this so polluted world, is that intelligence?

  • mph23

    the US congress ordered the construction of 100’s of tanks that the US military didn’t even want.

    I don’t think there is a market for tanks NOW, much less in 2018. Not a good idea.

  • pateriot

    Unlike the Ukraine, that we helped disarm, Poland has decided to take its DEFENSE in its own hands. Stupidity would be deciding to use their money for other things while there is a threat that could, and has in the past, taken over their country!! I recall Millions of Polish people dying the last time this occurred. Putting their money into defense IS fighting hunger, poverty, ignorance, death camps, mass murder, etc!!! Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

  • pateriot

    Polish? WOW… very impressive!!! I would not have expected to see something so technologically advanced coming from a former Soviet Block country.

  • Paul Nowinski

    Exactly! Poland is a member of NATO but it has learned from her own history not to trust 100% in treaties with others and that’s why wisely also preserved nuclear capability on demand.

  • J.Griffin

    Same goes for you.

    Where are your creations?

    They were butchered by Nazis and then soviet communists-
    they are more concerned about survival than utopia.

  • BW

    The Soviets in one way stimulated this development. During the Warsaw Pact years, they were slow to deliver certain types of vehicles to some or all of the WP countries (or didn’t deliver them at all). It forced the WP countries to develop, for example, wheeled APCs and other AFVs on their own. After the Wall fell, Poland and other ex-WP countries began tinkering to improve the tanks and other vehicles they had on hand, and thus were able to re-establish their own defense industry for certain types of weapons.