New Army tank camouflage can trick human eye and drone technology

The Army's new camouflage can trick both the human eye and drone technology.

The move away from the "bog standard green" tank disguise has cut detection rates by 80%, a new trial has shown.

Research of the new design suggests multi-patterned camo could add another layer of protection for soldiers in combat situations.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Page, the commanding officer of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit, hailed the results as a "big win", the Telegraph reports.

Trials at the Army's tank training range in Bovington, Dorset, have shown soldiers without special optics find it much harder to see the new design.

Lt Col Page said: "Young soldiers with fresh ideas, combined with experienced instructors and professionals, have attacked it in a different way."

Camouflaging a tank at ranges up to 300 metres is almost impossible as soldiers will almost always spot the vehicle.

Beyond 1000 metres, it is difficult to pick up the colours of a tank. Historically most anti-tank weapon system combat occurs between 300 and 1,000 metres.

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The new design has been targeted to work best between these ranges.

Major Charlie Brunskill said: "If I can delay that targeting cycle, that's a win, because this thing doesn't operate on its own.

"Once an anti-tank team shows itself and goes through that cycle, if I can add three more seconds to that I can perhaps get a shot off first."

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The new design consists of a mixture of pixellated blocks of five colours, with different thermal and infra-red properties.

The resultant camouflage makes it hard for soldiers and drones to recognise what they are seeing.

Enemy weapon systems relying on artificial intelligence to recognise a tank can also be spoofed by paint schemes and modern technology.

David Willey, curator of the Tank museum, in Bovington, says painting the tank in a modern design also has a psychological effect on enemies.

He said: “Never underestimate the impact of heavy armour: what it looks like and what its presence is."

Lt Col Page added: "You can deceive the technology and the human. Fact.”

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