Radar Camouflaging Paint invented


camo-paint.jpgIt seems that modern warfare has taken a new twist, with a German inventor having created a radar-evading camouflage paint that would see good use in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. Apparently, an institute back in Germany tested the paint and discovered that it actually works, pretty much surprising just about everybody – after all, I’m quite sure that the military has poured millions upon millions of dollars researching something like this to no avail, and thanks to an ordinary citizen who has the penchant and skill, the German defense industry now has something interesting to further develop upon.

How did Werner Nickel actually end up with this invention? Well, he arrived at the desert because he had bred a worm whose excrement made it possible to grow radishes in the dry desert sand. Needless to say, the sheikhs living there were extremely impressed, as that meant the desert need not be confined to being a harsh place where life can only exist near an oasis. After moving to United Arab Emirates (UAE), the wheelchair-bound Nickel shifted his attention to a paint that is meant to shield tanks, ships and aircraft from radar detection just like how Stealth bombers cannot be picked up on today’s radar. According to Nickel, he has already christened his miracle paint “AR 1”.

Tests have show that a house, a ship or a car which would normally light up on a radar screen without any problem will almost disappear completely into the darkness when coated with this paint, and the best part is there is no need to shape your house or car in the zany manner that Stealth bombers look like. So far there isn’t any viable explanation on why this occurs with the AR 1, but the military research arm is suspecting the paint to be a type of Jaumann absorber, which reflects incoming radar waves in such a way that they cancel each other out. Another possibility could be the AR 1 boasting microscopically minute magnetic particles that absorb the radiation’s energy. I think the world just got a little bit more dangerous, especially if this paint falls into the wrong hands.

Source: Spiegel Online

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