The Brave1 platform has developed a Ukrainian “invisibility cloak” that will help hide from enemy thermal imagers, including those installed on drones.
Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov wrote about this on his TG channel and shared a video from field tests.
Ukrainians have created super protection against Russian thermal imagers and drones with thermal imaging cameras. The cloak blocks heat radiation and makes fighters invisible to the enemy. For example, our snipers or CCO groups who perform combat missions.
The development is compact and lightweight – weights up to 2.5 kg. High protection from rain and wet snow. The raincoat also does not burn and protects against high temperatures. The video shows a finished sample that has been successfully tested in the field.
In the video you can see a good degree of thermal masking, which does not allow the human figure to be recognized. However, the details of the experiment are not reported, in particular the model of the copter with a thermal imager and the resolution of the device.
Thermal camouflage is not exclusively a Ukrainian development, Defense-ua reports. In particular, there is a similar solution in Russia. However, a comparison of similar frames indicates the advantage of the Brave1 product.
The principle of operation of thermal camouflage is to reflect as much infrared radiation from the outside as possible and not allow heat to pass through from the inside, without heating the material itself. The disadvantage is the high temperature and humidity for the user. However, in winter this may be beneficial, but the effectiveness of the raincoat may be less due to the greater contrast between body temperature and the environment.