Tank Camouflage – How Effective Is It?

How effective is modern day main battle tank camouflage? It seems as though tanks are going back to the days where foliage and camouflage netting were most common. To be honest with you, I really agree with it. Time to discuss how tanks camouflage themselves on the battlefield and the options available to military’s around the world that want to obscure the presence of these beasts.

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  1. Dutchdude Grow on November 28, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    nano coating i think

  2. Peepie on November 28, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I fuckn hate politics, pause video. Instantly hit that like button

  3. Matsimus on November 28, 2020 at 9:20 pm

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  4. CJ on November 28, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    That projected camo looks interesting. Did you find out about it getting compromised by mud?

  5. Lochi Rutaquio on November 28, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    "I fvcking hate politics"

  6. TopSecretVid on November 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Germans have the best camo…they always did

  7. david johanson on November 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    very informing. if i was a tanker i’d be just like the Germans in making my tank look like a bush. It’s important. It will keep you alive. Thank you. I’m 51 and i wish i had Internet at 6 years old. I’d watch video’s like this because they make you smarter and have informative value. I’d be a genius now if that was the case but it is not. But again good video, gave you a thumbs up. Big fan of your videos.

  8. Now Go Away And Do Something Good on November 28, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    that’s not a bush!
    that’s a tank dressed like lady gaga!

  9. 7th CAV Trooper on November 28, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    4th ID

  10. Sean Foltz on November 28, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    All of the American vehicles are desert tan because we’ve been focused on the ME since 1990 – before that our vehicles were all woodland camo for fighting WWIII in Europe.
    Funny story I was told while in the ROTC during Desert Shield from a master sergeant was that his platoon landed in Saudi Arabia still wearing woodland camo and someone commented on it standing out in the desert. He said he replied that the plan was that everyone in the platoon would huddle together and pretend they were an oasis.

  11. fuckfannyfiddlefart on November 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    If you don’t "do politics" then you are DOING APATHY.

    No excuse, only imperialist state capitalists run when you are apathetic and these are the people who SEND SOLDIERS TO MURDER AND DIE FOR OIL.

  12. blxtothis on November 28, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Jeepers, it’s bad enough getting rid of all those pine needles from the Christmas Tree very day, I don’t envy the grunt who has to hoover up a battle tank.

  13. emptyforrest on November 28, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    camouflage works the best when behind/underneath something, like bushes or trees.

    i also think we should move away from relying on paint patters and start using more netting.

  14. Jake Campbell on November 28, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Paint the challenger 2 MTP if in the arctic put covers over it

  15. Dan Roffee on November 28, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Shoot at whatever is making that dust cloud…
    Wanna make the locals upset, cut their trees to put on your tank….green leafy isn’t laying on the ground.

  16. M M on November 28, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I can here looking for tanks and I can’t find them

  17. Dr. A Preobrazhensky on November 28, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    The camouflage tiles you showed (ADAPTIV) don’t actually change colour and they are not electronic ‘screens’. They are for reduction of infrared signature only and use thermoelectric cells or peltier cells (typically made with ceramic) that can be heated or cooled depending on how you apply voltage. In theory, mud and water would not effect them all that much as any mud or water on the surface of the tiles would simply be heated or cooled to the same temperature as the tile itself.

  18. Łukasz Tokarski on November 28, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    One of the best MCS is made by Lubawa SA.
    It is used by Finnish , Polish and recently by US forces (first testing batch ordered in 2018, sold by HDT Global, partner of Lubawa SA). It provides cover from optical, thermal, radar and noctovision.

  19. Christian Emmanuel F. Domingo on November 28, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Cover the whole thing with living plants so it stays green even when camping for a long time, no need to replace the camo with fresh veggies, maybe invent a kit to add on tanks to hold fertile soil mud or clay all over it and a sprinkler like a mobile garden lol I don’t remember the movie where soldiers got shot because they are fixing their camo because the old ones withered

  20. Lucky 13 on November 28, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    It is especially effective at dusk/twilight. Great in a woodline. Much less useful in the open. RE Hunting by sound – once we got lost in a woods in a training exercise. Had my driver shut down the engines to listen. We heard an M113 engine idling only 50 yards away! It was a bad guy too, and we killed him and two of his buddies.

  21. the O.D.S.T spartan on November 28, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    You know what would have made the camouflage on those Abrams tanks so much better if they weren’t still painted with the desert camo pattern

  22. JohnnyWishbone85 on November 28, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    The anti-radar net is probably just a net with metal wires embedded in it. The wire mesh absorbs the radar signal like an antenna, and converts it into a tiny bit of heat.

  23. Peepie on November 28, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    No living trees we’re harmed in the making of US tank camouflage

  24. Harry Eaton on November 28, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Personally I’m liking the new colour the British Army are using now, Army Brown, it’s darker than the previous Light Stone desert colour scheme and blends in better with European mud and woodland even though it’s not green, combine it with camo nets and foliage and it’s relatively inconspicuous. I think they’re still using a green and yellow stripe pattern for the Challenger 2 currently though and probably have no plans to repaint any time soon.

  25. Chaitanya Singh on November 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    hey matsimus, uhh the adaptiv camo thing you were talking about doesn’t actually display the background image on the side of the tank, it displays the background THERMAL image on the side, using temperature changing tiles. You can still see the tank, it just would be invisible in thermal imaging. Just like an f22 or a f35 is invisible to radar and not actually invisible to the naked eye

  26. DavidFMayerPhD on November 28, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    When it comes to spotting something like a tank, the single most important factor is total contrast without respect to color. It is HARDER to spot a dull RED tank on a green (grass or forest) background than a bright GREEN. Black/White total reflectivity is what counts. Try it if you do not believe me.

  27. Andreas Wolfes on November 28, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Also beim Abrams mit seiner Turbine und seiner entsprechenden Wärmesignatur ist es sicher sinnlos 🤣

  28. Daniel Aramburo on November 28, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    What? No cloaking device?

  29. Oliver Von arx on November 28, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    The crew member described it perfectly; nothing to add really… In fact i’m just commenting cause i like your content and wanna help with ye ole algorithm. 😜👌

  30. Landser Korps on November 28, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    In germany we say " täuschen u tarnen"

  31. Dean Angell on November 28, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Ghillie tanks

  32. Peter Smit on November 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    STOP fucking ! ! !

  33. The Viking on November 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Good points. The enemies might not have drone, thermal imaging, reconnaissance aircraft all working at the same time. Might as well making it difficult for the ground spotter/AT Team/tanker

  34. Bryan Shoemaker on November 28, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    It works in war thunder. My eyes are not young anymore and that natural camouflage really a pain for me

  35. Arkadeep Kundu on November 28, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Matsimus: German tanks camouflaged as gigantic 62 ton bushes!
    *Happy Jagdpanther noises*

  36. Tigerfan on November 28, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    when did you see Leopar´s

  37. Ze Frendly Medic on November 28, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Why not implement woodland to al MBT?

  38. Joshua Sama on November 28, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I’m surprised the trees didn’t catch fire with that hot Honeywell engine.

  39. Gerard Mccluskey on November 28, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Love your channel. Just having a thought here. CAMO is great. But only in a defensive position. I’m just going to put this out there for the sake of discussion. The premise of a great tank is to break through lines. Time and time again history has shown this with armor tactics. With waiting to snipe an adversary on a battle field, these modern MBT’s really would not be filling their role. Tanks are great for blitzkrieg attacks. Not waiting and lurking. The battle of 73 Easting is a great modern example. Iraqi’s hull low and camo’d got slaughtered. Even worse for a tank is getting hemmed in in an urban environment. You can’t camouflage for that scenario. If considered in a real 360 degree battle environment, camo might only serve to help disguise and protect armor against air attacks while being serviced or refueled. Tanks need to move in order to be effective.

  40. Fork the Fork on November 28, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    This feels like Westernised Vietnamese Farmer

  41. Snagabott on November 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    On that antenna tree thingy I will have to say "good attempt, but no". It makes your tank easier to spot when moving (even if just the turret) and it won’t help you when stationary.

  42. Paranormal Angel on November 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I wont my blue.

  43. Radial Orbits on November 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    "I’d just shoot it anyway"

  44. Nikita Tarsov on November 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Till modern sensors approach, and maybe even more with those systems on the field, camouflage hep the crews to become a individual unit with (a stronger) individual sense for the systematics of a battlefield. If you’re in charge to protect your own vehicle, you mind about yourself as a target as well as a predator – you stop being a unit, a thing that is droped and ordered by others.
    At last this was a big part of german thinking and made its way far out of WW2.
    I remember a bunch of storys as germans played war on manouvers, challenging (mostly american) allies. The very most storys end up with laugther about camouflage. Enemy teams declared ther win after being not able to even find the german troops after 3 days in the field (they sit in place and just wait for the germans), and as they do so, the germans said "okay then, we can go", and the IFVs 10 meters away from the US base drops its camo and thirty men packed ther rifles and ther two MG’s out of position.
    Well, we’re in regular less an the enemy … no matter who is going to attack us. So we have to think and do it like in the battle of the Teutoburg forest. Fins, Ungarians, etc. indeet would be harder to challenge such way^^

    And i think these storys alone are so epic for the moral of the troops to train camouflage, and in coherency to this, give even armored units the opportunity to put some additional percent to ther personal safety(- worth, even it is 0%).

  45. Terry Thompson on November 28, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    It’s fun an we still do it here in Canada ,, when we train ,,lol

  46. Sup E on November 28, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Also known as furry suits for tanks

  47. yetisuncle on November 28, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    at 3:55 its because america cant seem to keep their nose out of other people’s business. when will the rest of the world get sick of the usa bullying them and butting into their business? one of these days it will happen. and what happens when a bully on the playground picks on only a certain 3-4 people? well after recess after recess those 3-4 people that was getting bullied will get together and work together to take that particular bully down and do to them what just one of them couldn’t do, but together they could easily take them if they worked together. happens all the time, and its a certain win. all im saying is if i was a world power, i dont think i would be pissing off a whole lot of various countries. nobody is indestructible……nobody.

  48. Green Focus on November 28, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Because you can’t beat old methods ‘if it works…’

  49. david johanson on November 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Yo, that ended well. With the actual guy telling us some basics/pointers. Could hear the background(those tanks were loud as shit, no joke the problem that must be). So informative, can say enough. Thank you.

  50. I'm scared on November 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Why not buy cheap spray paint from DIY store and spray the tank

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