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Russia’s Inflatable Army

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

They say image is everything. To that end, Russia has developed blowup versions of tanks, jets and the rest of its arsenal. The inflatables, which, the BBC reports, appear to be real weapons to radar and thermal detectors, are all about looking tough on the cheap. Remind you of anyone?


These state-of-the-art stand-ins are among the most advanced military decoys in the world.

What they lack in firepower, they make up for in flexibility: they are light and can be deployed quickly to deceive the enemy.

They are also very realistic. They are made of a special material that tricks enemy radar and thermal imaging into thinking they are real weapons.

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By Leefeller, October 12, 2010 at 2:56 am Link to this comment

Maybe politicians can use this example and take a cut in payoffs and receive complementary blow up dolls,...instead of those expensive lobbyist bimbos the tax payers have been hearing about!

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By Robespierre115, October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

And they still kicked the s—t out of a US-armed client regime in Georgia.

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By historian, October 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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During WWII the German in one instance used a bombing run over England to drop wooden bomb replicas and wooden paratroopers on a fake base in Britain populated by fake wooden airplane replicas.

Who says war isn’t “fun” ?

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By bogglesthemind, October 11, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

Better this than wasting billions of taxpayer Rubles on MIC cronies like our
favorite government does.

~Is it not time to rise up against willful stupidity?

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By Lockweed, October 11, 2010 at 7:37 am Link to this comment
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I don’t understand how tanks parked in Britain would have fooled or even
bothered the Germans on D-Day.  I don’t even think the allies had a shortage
of tanks.  Its not like they were fighting most of the world, as the Germans

But its true that using decoys has been used before in warfare.  Prior to Erwin
Rommel arriving in africa in 1941, their was no German military presence at all
in the middle east.  With most of the German army and materiel supporting it
going to the Russian front starting in June 1941, the Germans would soon have
a shortage of men and materiel.

When Erwin Rommel arrived in Libya in early 1941 he had to make Germany’s
enemies believe his force was much bigger than it was, so the allies wouldn’t
overrun his small force.  The “Desert Fox” arrived and had a relatively small
number of tanks unloaded which he paraded around the block several times to
create the impression he had a much larger force than he had.  Having a smaller
force than the combined Anglo-American forces, the “Desert Fox” used decoys
often in the war in Africa.  Although the Italian army did not perform very well,
Rommel praised their ability to build good decoys.

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By rico, suave, October 11, 2010 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

Nothing new here. Armies have been doing this for centuries. George Patton “commanded” an entire army of cardboard tanks parked in Britain during the run up to D-Day to fool the Germans.

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By Bob Bamberg, October 11, 2010 at 3:59 am Link to this comment
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Reminds me of the WWII effort to fool the Germans into
thinking the invasion of France would not come at

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By Inherit The Wind, October 11, 2010 at 3:56 am Link to this comment

Wasn’t it Allenby?

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By kerryrose, October 11, 2010 at 3:48 am Link to this comment

That is funny.  As Chris Hedges book observes, ‘Empires of Illusion.’

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By PatrickHenry, October 11, 2010 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

I like the new ‘mon bounce’ army.

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