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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2004806,00.html

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,54641,00.html

Fitted on light armored vehicles such as personnel carriers, the force field uses a series of charged metal plates to dissipate the effects of rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), a weapon found by the thousands from Mogadishu to Kabul to Baghdad.

RPGs and other "shape charge" munitions derive their destructive power from cones of copper embedded in their noses. When the warhead explodes, it crushes the cone, shooting out a jet of hot copper at 5,000 mph -- instantly destroying anything short of a tank.

The electrical armor system, powered by the vehicle's regular supply of electricity, stops the jets by zapping them with tens of thousands of amps of current. This vaporizes some of the deadly copper jets and reduces the rest to a relatively harmless mixture of melted and pulverized debris that disperses around the vehicle.

In recent proof-of-concept tests by the British military, RPG attacks on an electric-armor-equipped personnel carrier left only dents and scratches.

"We knew that just a few amps blows a household fuse. So we scaled it all up to fry these copper jets," said John Brown, the physicist at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory who heads up British electric armor research. [/b]


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Very cool.
 

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Friggen SWEET! Now they just need to harness that into energy force fields and we can start building Imperial Star Destroyers (we already have the ION engine capabilities).
 

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Shells from tanks rely on solid pointed chunks of tungsten or depleted uranium to break through armor, instead of the copper jets RPGs use.

Also, the electric armor can't protect carriers from mines and bombs dropped from the sky.

"This is a very specific solution to a very specific problem. It's definitely not like the force screens you'd see in the movies," Pike said.



It sounds like good stuff but its up to a decade away, and, the shit thing is that it only helps eliminate one single kind of threat, although eliminating the one most widely used type's is cool, it wont really function much when fighting against a modern mechanized enemy.
 

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We already can make real "force fields" but they are very very energy intense. They take some really giant magnets etc to make etc. The electronic shield on those tanks is not really a force field, its a weapon that directs a "projectile" at incoming RPGs (not an energy field aka star trek)

Recently we have been seeing news about antimatter engine designs and other things that we associate with Star Trek tech. Its pretty interesting how things are playing out in that area.

On a recent tv show they talked about how the original star trek, then TNG influenced some real life inventors/physicists etc to come up with things we are using today (cell phones etc)
 

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i think the days of seeing us fighing tank to tank battles are gone, if this ends all the reports i keep hearing from iraq saying that 4 soldiers died today from an rpg or roadside bomb striking their tank, then im happy.
 

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i think the days of seeing us fighing tank to tank battles are gone.
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I dont know about that one. I think you underestimate the United States potential adversaries.

Countries like North Korea, Iran, and other middle eastern possible targets on the U.S list have very lethal and functioning Tank divisions, populated mostly by Russian T-72 tanks which wont out-fire our M1 Abrams but will out-maneuver them easily and have armor plating that is second only to our M1 Abrams. You also have to look out for the Iranians who have developed and have already started constructing the Zulfiqar main battle tank which is a head-to-head competitor for our American M-1 Abrams in every facet, and let it be understood that this tank will be a major seller throughout the middle east in the next 7-8 months creating a possible lopsided balance of power between already-tense nations.

The North Korean military relies mostly on smaller tracked tanks because of their local terrain but they are also a major battlefield tank force that can cover more ground than any modern military can with its main battle tank. Since the armistice in 1953, North Korea has been putting all their chips into creating a modern mechanized military that can inflict some heavy and swift damage, we cant under-estimate their very mobile tank divisions. We may have air superiority in many, if not all situations (maybe), however, the possibility for tank warfare is still very possible. Other possible candidates are China who have in recent years developed their Type 98 main battle tank, which is a true threat to anything we're using at the moment along with 6 or 7 other types of battle tank they've developed which are direct competitors to our American ground arsenal.

The possibility of tank warfare is still very alive unfortunately.
 
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