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Russia Bolsters Its Military With Inflatable Armor

The good old days of the Cold War, with their unlimited military spending, are long gone. Both Russia and the United States have economies weakened by the global recession, but only Russia still faces the threat of invasion from neighboring countries. How then, can you increase your military presence on a limited budget and without violating arms control treaties?

Via the use of inflatable, decoy military vehicles, that's how. Manufactured by a former hot air balloon factory, the latest generation of inflatable military decoys are high tech. Using specialized materials, these decoys give back a realistic radar signature and thermal image, making them appear real to both spy satellites and casual observers. The decoys range from aircraft to armor, and a team of two soldiers can deploy several inflatables per hour.

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