Danger Room: Navy Wants Ultra-Violet Cloaking Device for Jet Fighters

09.05.12

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Navy fighters release IR flares. Photo: Navy

Navy fighters release IR flares. Photo: Navy

by DAVID AXE

The U.S. military is already investing tens of billions of dollars to make its jet fighters less visible to radars and infrared sensors. Now the Pentagon wants the defense industry to come up with a system that can cloak fighters from another telltale type of radiation: ultra-violet energy from the sun.

The Navy’s latest solicitation to research proposals asks for a “UV obscurant device” that can be “dispersed from an aircraft.” The system should be compatible with the Navy’s existing counter-measures dispensers, which are currently tailored for releasing infrared flares and radar-foiling chaff to help warplanes dodge enemy missiles.

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