Cloaking device

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A '''cloaking device''' is a form of stealth technology that uses selective bending of light (and other forms of energy) to render a [[starship]] or other object completely invisible to the electromagnetic spectrum and most sensors. It has been encountered in varying forms over the centuries.
 
A '''cloaking device''' is a form of stealth technology that uses selective bending of light (and other forms of energy) to render a [[starship]] or other object completely invisible to the electromagnetic spectrum and most sensors. It has been encountered in varying forms over the centuries.
  
==Nature==
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==Cloaking Devices in ''Star Trek''===
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===Nature===
 
The purpose of a cloak is to prevent detection before combat and to when fleeing combat, and cloaking devices have been able to hide vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices have been usually used for stealth, and its combat use is limited usually to moving into position for an ambush.  For example, the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the [[Romulan]] [[Plasma torpedo|plasma weapon]] allowing the Bird of Prey to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited-range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
 
The purpose of a cloak is to prevent detection before combat and to when fleeing combat, and cloaking devices have been able to hide vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices have been usually used for stealth, and its combat use is limited usually to moving into position for an ambush.  For example, the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the [[Romulan]] [[Plasma torpedo|plasma weapon]] allowing the Bird of Prey to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited-range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
  
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The Federation is banned from developing cloaking devices by the [[Treaty of Algeron]] with the Romulan Empire.  How this could have been imposed on the Federation and why the Federation has hamstrung itself by not developing this technology is amazing and practically unbelievable.  Also, the Federation did produce one illegal cloaking device - one that is a quantum leap ahead of anything produced by either the Romulans or the Klingons - a phase cloak that allows a vessel to pass through solid matter.
 
The Federation is banned from developing cloaking devices by the [[Treaty of Algeron]] with the Romulan Empire.  How this could have been imposed on the Federation and why the Federation has hamstrung itself by not developing this technology is amazing and practically unbelievable.  Also, the Federation did produce one illegal cloaking device - one that is a quantum leap ahead of anything produced by either the Romulans or the Klingons - a phase cloak that allows a vessel to pass through solid matter.
  
==Vulnerabilities==
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===Vulnerabilities===
 
[[image:cloakedbop.jpg|thumb|A cloaked Bird of Prey visible to the naked eye]]
 
[[image:cloakedbop.jpg|thumb|A cloaked Bird of Prey visible to the naked eye]]
  
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[[Category: ST Starship Defense]]
 
[[Category: ST Starship Defense]]
 
[[Category: ST Technology]]
 
[[Category: ST Technology]]
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[[Category: Star Wars]]
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[[Category: SW Starship Defense]]
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[[Category: SW Technology]]

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