New Infrared Obscurants Will Cloak Battlefields in Greener Fog of War

New Infrared Obscurants
An AC-130U gunship fires flares to emit masses of infrared and confuse heat seeking missiles. Other techniques involve hiding infrared rays all together. Photo: Simon Poter/Flickr

Obscurants, which are basically metallic dust clouds, have been in use for years in order to protect troops from heat-seeking missiles. These obscurants have never been environmentally friendly or easy to control.

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