02 July 2004
02 July 2004
Norwegian scientists have come up with a smart and cheap way of bullet-proofing cars by lining the vehicles with flat tanks which, when filled with water, provide excellent protection against armed attackers.
The problem with conventional armour-plating is that metal is very heavy which increases fuel usage.
Researchers at Norway's Forsvarets Institute have found a way around this by building several large, flat, watertight tanks into the sides of car. Each tank is thin, like a domestic radiator, made from plastic or light metal, and has several energy-absorbing carbon-fibre sheets stacked inside.
When the tanks are empty the car is not bullet-proof, but when needed, the tanks are filled with water, transforming the car into a bullet-proof vehicle.
The tanks have been tested using high velocity bullets, and according to a leading international science publication, the novel armour design has now been patented.
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