Poland Develops World's First Stealth Tank (Poland??!)

March 31, 2014

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This is Poland's PL-01 Stealth Tank. It will be "the world's first fully operational stealth tank when it goes into service in 2018" (if you exclude all the other stealth tanks that have already been developed in secret that the government hides from us). You think the US government doesn't have stealth tanks? We have such stealthy tanks we can't even remember where we parked them.

At just 3/5 the weight of an American Abrams tank and powered by an advanced, high-efficiency, 940 HP diesel engine, Poland's newest direct support vehicle is a seriously efficient combat machine. The big news here, however, isn't an engine that's capable of running on algae-sourced diesel or some ultra-torquey electric drive motor- it's the PL-01′s composite body...


The stealth tank's proposed active infrared camouflage system can match the temperature of its surroundings, as well as go a step further- from concealment to trickery. By displaying a preprogrammed image on the temperature-controlled wafers of the tank's bodywork, the tank can make itself appear to be a car, a school bus, or even a person. According to FoxTrot Alpha, this technology (if it proves reliable) could make enemy detection of the stealth tank almost impossible during nighttime operations.

Poland's PL-01 stealth tank is also said to be coated almost entirely with radar absorbing paint.

There's a video highlighting all the tank's features after the jump, which seems like an odd thing to do when you're developing a stealth tank. Here's our new stealth tank, and here's how it works just in case you want to develop ways to get around it. That sounds very Polish of them. Speaking of -- how many Polish army men does it take to get a stealth tank started in the morning? Zero, none of them could figure out how to set their alarm clocks the night before.

Keep going for a couple closeups and two videos.

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Thanks to Jo B, who agrees the stealthiest tanks aren't tanks at all, they're blimps. They'll never look for a floating tank!

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