A defence firm are creating a revolutionary new tank that can bounce back from an explosion.
They are made using a bendable titanium alloy, similar to that used in flexible glasses, the Daily Mail reports.
The memory metal alloy was developed back in the 1960s by the US Naval Ordnance Laboratory, but it engineers believe this is the first time it’s been utilised to build an entire suspension system.
The flexible material allows the tank’s suspension to return to its’ original form after a blow.
Marcus Potter, Head of Mobility at BAE Systems Land (UK), said:
This unique use of memory metals could prove a real game-changer for combat vehicles taking part in operations.Advertisement
Being able to adapt to changing situations is hugely important to maintaining effectiveness, and this application of bendable titanium could give armed forces the required flexibility – and survivability – to complete tasks in challenging areas.Advertisement
Inspired by ironclad beetles known for their tough shells and flexible legs, the vehicle is being developed in Telford, Shropshire.
The metal allows the engineers to remove springs from the suspension system, making the design stronger and simpler.
The prototype showed promise showing resilience after undergoing five powerful blasts.
BAE hope to roll out full size tanks with the suspension system within the next decade.
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