US Army wants movable tank armor
One of the draws of science fiction is that one day, it will become science fact. While we civilians can hope for material replicators and instantaneous transporters, a la Star Trek, the military-industrial complex has its sights pinned on other things. Laser weapons are a popular one, but there’s a new proposal from the US Army that’s even more extreme – reconfigurable tank armor.
According to the Army’s own proposal, it’s asking defense contractors to study armor panels that can move up to ten horizontal inches in just five seconds (which sounds like a long time in the heat of combat). The panels themselves would be a square-foot in size, and capable of standing up to a missile or rocket impact. But as fanciful as the project sounds, the reality is that it could be a necessary evolution in tank development. – READ MORE