Mylar space blanket to defeat FLIR

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by NotSoSneaky, May 4, 2014.


  1. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    This is something I found off another forum and thought to post it here. If this is valid avoiding detection becomes easy and affordable.

    After watching the video it appears the trees do a fair amount of shielding the people fron the FLIR as well. As far as being caught out in the open, unless the crew knows exactly where to look and what to look for you'd have your very own cloak of invisibility ! [tongue]
     
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  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Very cool, and well documented.
     
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  3. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    FWIW, a like "blanket" is being fielded in a certain mountain region just northwest of India.
     
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  4. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    this is interesting. Thanks for posting that
     
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  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Likewise.

    I alsways carry a few mylar heat blankets, either in my pack and the Aid Kit. Cheap at most sports stores in the 3 pack.
     
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I have two in my hunting pack.
     
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  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Spares!

    Reminds me of a time a climber left on a warm day to climb 12,000 feet. I ended up splitting my gear and sharing so as to keep him moving to the top.

    Fools are all around us.
     
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    How does metallized mylar do against radar?
     
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  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    "How does metallized mylar do against radar?"

    Looks like a bleeding forest fire.
     
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  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Mylar is used as flack in strips, to be used with flares for aircraft.
     
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  11. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Made my point --
     
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  12. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    They are cheap, very light weight, pack small, can be used as a back drop reflector for a small fire to keep you warm with less fuel, waterproof, used as a signal mirror, protects against too much sun, carry water, it just makes sense to carry a few.
     
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  13. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Agree. The point was that they are not particularly useful for concealment.
     
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  14. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Dumb question here but how often might radar be used to search for people on the ground ?
    Seems to me the FLIR is the tool of choice for most local and state level agencies (State Police, F&G and DHS).

    I was thinking lining a debris hut with a couple space blankets would get you a nice warm and hard to find hidey hole.
     
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  15. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Radar directed at the ground would just reflect the ground. Radar is a bounced signal kinda like an echo.
     
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  16. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    They are, indeed, in droves
     
  17. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Yes, that's true. However, short wavelength radar will show details that (say) aircraft radar does not need to function.
     
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  18. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Okay, this is from personal experience about FLIR. Yes, thermal blankets will defeat your thermal signature, but while in Iraq, we lost countless insurgents from our Predator drones just because of the natural foliage.

    The one thing you have now to deal with is the Reaper drones possessing the radar for their GBU JDAM bombs. The best thing to do to avoid FLIR is to try and keep from being out in the open, and if you need to traverse any open terrain, then drape your mummy sleeping bag over you.

    Way back during my first active duty tour, in the mid 80's. If we were opfor against the new M1 Abrams, we would sneek up to them by low crawling with our issue sleeping bags draped over us. Worked like a charm.
     
  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  20. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Using mylar/blankets/poncho liners/ponchos to mask your FLIR signature was one of our BS subjects at the gathering. Experienced words said in cold weather they were practically useless after just a few seconds due to the temp. differential. As the weather warms the time lengthens.
     
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