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Cloaking Tech Continued: STS Optical AND Thermal/IR Camouflage for Warfighters

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by David Crane
david at defensereview.com

Back in March, DefenseReview reported on the Stealth Technology System (STS) being developed at Advanced American Enterprise (AAE) in our article titled Is Cloaking Technology for U.S. Infantry Warfighters Finally Possible? STS utilizes a form of electro-optical camouflage (referred to also as optical camouflage, adaptive camouflage, active camouflage, chameleonic camouflage, and cloaking technology). Advanced American Enterprises (AAE) AAE uses the term "invisibility stealth" to describe the effect of their tech, which, according to them renders an object, person, or vehicle 85-100% invisible to the human eye or video camera in the visible spectrum (visible light) as soon as you flip the switch to "on", even while the cloaked item is moving.

If true, i.e. if the technology actually works as advertised, that’s pretty cool on its own. However, Advanced American Enterprise (AAE) claims that the…

 <!  :en  >Cloaking Tech Continued: STS Optical AND Thermal/IR Camouflage for Warfighters<!  :  > STS tech also camouflages/hides whatever it’s covering against NODs/NVDs (Night Observation Devices/Night Vision Devices) and IR detection devices (thermal/IR camouflage), as well. AAE refers to the latter capability as "IR-Stealth", and they assert that their lab experiments to date show that STS’ IR-Stealth capability even surpasses it’s "Visibility-Stealth" (visual stealth in visible light spectrum) capability. AAE claims that STS works in all weather conditions.

The technology does have limitations. AAE states in their literature that the Stealth Technology System’s minimum effective distance is 20 ft for both Visibility Stealth and IR Stealth. In other words, the observer or detection device has to be at least 20 feet away from the cloaked object. 20" is still awfully close for someone not to be able to spot an APC or MBT (Main Battle Tank). DefenseReview is therefore skeptical about AAE’s rather extraordinary claims regarding their technology’s capabilities, especially since we haven’t yet seen a live demontration of the technology, ourselves. Having said that, AAE states that it is willing to conduct a live field demonstration of the STS tech "where a person rises and shoots blanks at observers and camcorder at more than 20 feet way without being spotted by the observers or by the camcorder" for prospective customers. Hmh. DefRev would certainly like to be present with our own camcorder at any such demonstration of the technology. That would go a long way at assuaging our natural skepticism. In the meantime, we’d at least like to obtain some high-quality video footage of STS in action.

 <!  :en  >Cloaking Tech Continued: STS Optical AND Thermal/IR Camouflage for Warfighters<!  :  >And here’s the kicker: STS is shockingly lightweight, according to the company. When Defense Review asked the inventor, Dr. Rashid Zeineh (a.k.a. Dr. Z) how much weight STS would add to an iRobot PackBot UGV (Unmmaned Ground Vehicle)/Robot or Foster-Miller Weaponized Talon Robot/SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection System) UGV, he replied "Less than 2 lbs. That’s as specific as I want to be." We should note that we pressed Dr. Zeineh for further exposition on this statement, but he didn’t crack.

It should perhaps be noted that the AAE literature also states that STS is viable for EOD operations (Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations), specifically with regard to IED (Improvised Explosive Device) neutralization missions, and can mitigate the threat of death by RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade).

Current tentative pricing for the system with On/Off switch are as follows: $1600 per warfighter (person), $2,800 per dog, $29,000 per HMMWV (Humvee, a.k.a. Hummer), $49,000 per APC (Stryker, M113 Gavin, etc.) or tank (M1A2 Abrams MBT), and $59,000 per speed boat.

 <!  :en  >Cloaking Tech Continued: STS Optical AND Thermal/IR Camouflage for Warfighters<!  :  > Right-Click here and then click on "Save Target As" (Microsoft Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Mozilla Firefox) to read the latest AAE Stealth Technology System (STS) fact sheet titled Reducing American IED Casualties in Iraq by Visibility-Stealth Concealment of Vehicles (title corrected for syntax). This is the version that disusses both STS’ "Visibility-Stealth" AND "IR-Stealth" capabilities, and contains 14 photos (more photos than have ever been shown before) of the technology at work.

Previous DefRev Articles on STS:

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3 comments

  1. you said 20″(inches) when you meant 20′(feet)
    ” 20 feet away from the cloaked object. 20″ is still awfully close for someone not to be able to spot an APC or”

  2. STS camouflage has been a known reality for 15 years and every other
    year they claim it’s just now maybe possible for invisibility and
    cloaking. DeKalb County Georgia Local Police used STS technology under
    the direction of the GBI, FBI, and CIA in a stop and check on a run out
    of gas under 24 hour surveillance 9/11 truth-er, dissenter, government
    and police corruption knowledgeable subject at gun point. The subject
    had the most severe eye astigmatism ever known, doctors were unable to
    record it because it was off the scale. This condition made it possible
    for that person to clearly see the refractions of light that anyone with
    normal vision would’ve been unable to see and that’s a fact. The
    camouflage was use to conceal that cop “police officer’s” blatant crimes
    using a hand portable hydraulic cutter similar the jaws of life to
    damage the lug nuts on their left front tire leaving only one lug nut to
    secure the tire and rim and since that person was to travel on the
    interstate shortly after the police got some gas for the poor stranded
    too knowledgeable of a person, cops just doing their civic duty,
    would’ve been in serious trouble because channel 5 ensued an
    investigation of the same police department where they were caught doing
    the very same routine when two people were killed in another car
    accident that wasn’t suppose to be involved with the criminal mayhem
    planned wreck, this all took place December 15, 2002, oops.
    http://www.defensereview.com/is-cloaking-technology-for-us-infantry-warfighters-finally-possible/

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