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Liquid Armor is a new piece of military technology that is being worked on by Poland. Liquid body armor can save a lot of lives on the battlefield.
The liquid is called Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF). STF does not conform to the model of Newtonian liquids, such as water, in which the force required to move the fluid faster must increase exponentially, and its resistance to flow changes according to temperature. Instead STF hardens upon impact at any temperature, providing protection from penetration by high-speed projectiles and additionally dispersing energy over a larger area
"This viscosity increases thanks to the subordination of the particles in the liquid structure, therefore they form a barrier against an external penetrating factor," said Karolina Olszewska, who performed tests on the STF for Moratex.
The exact composition of the STF is known only to Moratex and its inventors at the Military Institute of Armament Technology in Warsaw, but ballistic tests proved its resistance to a wide range of projectiles.
We needed to find, design a liquid that functions both with projectiles hitting at the velocity of 450 meters per second and higher. We have succeeded," said Deputy Director for Research at the Moratex institute, Marcin Struszczyk.
Struszczyk said the liquid's stopping capability, combined with the lower indentation of its surface, provides a higher safety level for the user compared with traditional, mostly Kevlar-based, solutions.
Following up yesterdays story about the TALOS EXO suits, is the next great innovation in military equipment, Liquid body armor. I know that the article was long and bit of a read, but you should read the whole thing.
What they are describing is something not even the fabled video game creators thought of. A type of body armor that disperses force of a projectile on impact. A piece of armor that goes from light liquid to hard solid upon impact at any temperature.
This could effectively decrease the large amount of injuries in our military. Not only that, it could potentially save the lives of soldiers. I am all for decreasing causalities and injuries, as we all should be. One thing that the creation of this technology means is we are not as close to robot cyborgs fighting in the place of soldiers as I thought we were.
I thought that in the next 10-20 years would start to see robots be our soldiers and have very minimal use of human soldiers. I might as well throw that idea out of the window. In the next 10-20 years we will probably start to see EXO suits and this liquid armor being used in battle. If we were going to have robots in that time frame, we would already be hearing about the development of such technology.
That is good and bad. The good is that the robot rebellion/revolution won't be happening for a long ass time. The bad, we will have to continue to send young men to die in foreign countries. We need their sacrifice, but it just unfortunate that we do.
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