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By combining a large mister* with a microwave emitter one
can create an unmoving ceiling of hot water vapor over an
This would have the advantage of hiding or distorting heat
emissions without the requirement of a physical roof for rapid
*"mister" means mist-making
machine. we all see the
Would this work?
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 19 2011]
||"OK guys, you see that big mist cloud on your IR? Put your stores
down right in the centre of it, and see what pops. Oh, and
someone put a radar-seeker down on their microwave emitter
with a bit of luck, it might take out the generators and fuel trucks
||To loosely paraphrase Monty, the major problem with
hiding anything from the enemy is that the enemy will
know you're hiding something.
||Ever hear of wired camo netting? With today's battlefield
technology, it would have more or less the same effect,
with the added benefit of also visually obscuring the
||If this is, as claimed, faster to deploy than
conventional techniques, then it might be suitable
for a shell game with multiple IR screens, most
||Rapid deployment has all but replaced large-scale
camoflage on the modern battlefield. The shell game has
become 'where will it be' instead of 'where is it'.
||Interesting idea +. This is probably good for covering large areas quickly.
||Covering them with what? Slightly irradiated water?
Perfectly visible and somewhat damp military equipment?
||An IR distortion field. This idea goes well beyond my requirements for a halfbaked idea. Sciency, cool title, works in theory, probably not in practice.