In an unusual move, Russia has started painting silhouettes of its aircraft on runways to deceive satellite imagery. However, the internet is having a field day pointing out a significant oversight: the shadows cast by the sun.
The idea behind the painted silhouettes is to make it difficult for satellite imagery to distinguish between real and fake aircraft. But the plan seems to have backfired, as people online quickly noticed that the shadows cast by the sun make it easy to identify the real aircraft.
Can you identify it?
Can you identify the real one?
The Earth rotates on its axis approximately every 24 hours, causing the sun to appear to move across the sky. This movement results in changing shadows throughout the day, making the painted silhouettes stand out as obvious fakes. Something even children understand, but which the Russians apparently 'forgot.'
While the strategy may have seemed clever on paper, the execution leaves much to be desired. The changing shadows throughout the day make it clear which aircraft are real and which are merely painted on the ground.
This isn't the first time Russia has been caught in a blunder. Recently Russia claimed to have shot down a Storm Shadow missile with a British crew inside. Read the story below.