Today’s invention is an extra defence for vehicles against mines.
Instead of relying on a specially shaped hull design, a screen made of articulated plates would be attached to any vehicle about to be used in a dangerous area.
This would normally be carried flat to the hull base, so that ground clearance was maximised.
When approaching an insecure area, the screen would be deployed from inside the vehicle. The hinges would slide rapidly along heavy-duty slideways and lock into place, forming an extra strong triangulated shield, resistant to blast waves.
These waves would also be channeled axially, so that much of the energy could escape without significantly damaging the vehicle above.