Boeing, the company that makes almost every plane you’ve ever flown on, as well as rockets, satellites and engines, has now been granted a patent for its latest innovation: a force field that can protect vehicles of all kinds from attack. The technology could be used to hyper-protect not only vehicles on land, but also water-bound and underwater vehicles like submarines and boats.
The news, reported in Popular Science magazine, sounds like a case of life mimicking sci-fi. The “force field” in question is actually a layer of heated water or air that could be created around a vehicle whenever a nearby explosion is detected, thus repelling damaging forces that are less dense than the shield layer itself.
Here is an excerpt from Boeing’s patent application that shows the technology on a military Humvee:
This diagram from Boeing shows how a military Humvee would be fitted with the device:
Here is a Boeing diagram depicting the force field itself:
Here’s Boeing’s full patent filing: