Poland is developing a futuristic “invisible” stealth tank that may see its first battle in the near future.
The PL-01 concept battle tank is bathed in angular shapes, rendering it nearly invisible to radar. Adaptive paneling that can adjust the tank’s surface temperature to match its surroundings means it will also evade thermal imaging scans. And the final version will be painted in camouflage to help cloak it from visual scans, Washington Post reports.
While the PL-01 is meant to slip through a battlefield unnoticed, its modular unmanned turret that fires auto-loading 105mm or 120mm shells, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, remote controlled machine gun, and smoke grenade launchers make it a formidable support vehicle.
Production for the PL-01 is expected to begin in 2018 with a the first units rolling off the assembly line as soon as 2022.
[ Washington Post ]