There is an old saying that says “You can’t hit what you can’t see,” and over the years that has been taken to a whole new level by today’s modern military. America is always looking for new and better ways to protect its soldiers and equipment. There have been some incredible advances in both camouflage techniques and stealth technology over the last forty years. The latest advances are not the result of putting together the greatest minds in the field, but have been done by researching some of the natural defenses of some interesting creatures.
Camouflage and stealth technology have been around for longer than most people think. The art of soldiers camouflaging themselves has been around for centuries in various forms, and stealth technologies were surprisingly first researched by the Nazis in World War II. Recent advances have been applied to both aircraft, ships, ground troops and other facets of today’s military, but there are two creatures that are masters of disguise and are taking these technologies to the next level.
Believe it or not, the squid is actually being studied to improve modern day camouflage techniques. The squid is the chameleon of the seas. It is an expert at blending itself in with its surroundings to stay hidden from the potential prey that will soon become its dinner. They accomplish this by the means of a special protein that is inside their bodies that gives them the ability to seamlessly blend into their background.
So, how will this help our ground troops? A typical camouflage pattern will protect the military members during the day, but it still leaves them vulnerable to infrared detection at night. The military is developing special patches, coated with squid protein, that go on uniforms; this will actually take the soldier’s normal infrared signature and help to blend it into similar signatures of the background around them.
Another creature is also helping scientists develop new forms of radar-evading stealth technology; it is the Luna moth. These moths have extra-long tails, unlike other species of moths. Scientists are studying why the spinning of the tails throws off the radar senses of bats and makes them strike at false targets that are not there when they attempt to eat the moths. If the technology can be applied to aircrafts and the missiles fired at them, then it could be a highly effective and much more affordable technology than the complicated and expensive stealth aircraft that are being produced today.
The studies are being performed by joint research that involves both Boise State University and the University of Florida. When the Luna moths were compared to the other moths’ survivability of bat attacks, the Luna moths survived a significantly higher percentage of the time.
These may seem like small things, and that scientists are grasping at straws, but if one life can be saved because of these types of findings, then the studies will be well worth it. If nothing else, it makes for some interesting thinking on the part of the scientific community.
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