A Czech company, Inflatech, is producing more than 30 different inflatable military decoys ranging from tanks and armored vehicles to aircraft and howitzers.
Inflatech, based in the northern town of Děčín, Czech Republic, currently produces up to 50 decoys a month. They are sold to a number of unspecified countries, and all such exports have to be approved by the government of the NATO member.
The company uses light materials, such as artificial silk, so the total weight of a fake tank is up to 220 pounds. It takes four soldiers to operate a decoy, with 10 minutes being enough to unwrap and inflate a fake piece of military hardware.
The decoys that originally were developed for training purposes can cost up to $100,000 each.