posted on Jul, 24 2014 @ 03:23 PM
originally posted by: penroc3
In a recent conversation here a few members were talking about the f-117s and various stealth aircraft. and it got me thinking. As SAM's and enemy
detection methods get better it would seem that you would want to kick the door down so to speak for you stealth bombers. i understand that cruise
missiles and Special ops could strike the first stationary targets, but i assume that no matter what the f117 and the b-2 HAVE to have some sort of
craft to clear/escort the way so to speak
As zaph mentioned, this is the battle plan for MOST wars we fight in. Like in Iraq in 2003, helo's took off and destroyed the southern early warning
sites and SAM's in Iraq, allowing the stealths an easier path into Baghdad. The aircraft you speak of is the F-16 wild weasel. These guys fly to the
area that SAMs are known to be in and as soon as the radar lights up the F-16, they fire HARM missiles at them, effectively destroying them. Its one
of the most dangerous jobs in the air force.
i was thinking that in the opening hours of a battle you launch you normal cruise missiles have them hit the known targets, and as your air
craft fly over have some special cruise missiles with jamming and maybe even a laser designator as there payloads.
cruise missiles are relatively cheep(compared to air craft)
they have there own stealth
they could be launched by the attacking aircraft and loiter to use EW and targeting then when they are done be used as they normally are but with a
what do you guys think?
Your talking about the secret aircraft that flys with the F-117s a lot. But there job isn't an escort, so to speak. Its laser designation and EW
duties sure, but they don't necessarily escort them in.
Remember that Baghdad in 2003 was considered one of the most heavily guarded defenses in the world, and we took out its defense in under a day using
stealth and tomahawks. Hell even the tankers went into Iraq that first night after the stealths dropped bombs in Baghdad.
Theres a documentary on like the history channel of the B-2 and they talk about going into Baghdad. They say that when they opened the bomb bay doors
to drop the bombs, no triple A fire was launched until after the bombs had hit their targets. and even then they were just firing in the sky. They
couldn't pin point the bombers at all.
Stealth gets a lot of bad rap today in this world, from people complaining that it doesn't work, or bitching that the JSF isn't as stealthy as the
F-22. Well guess what, it isn't supposed to be. But the F-35 is still way more stealthy that the F-117 ever was, and look what that plane did in
Baghdad. And if stealth isn't the way in the future, then how come the Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, etc are all desparately building their
own stealth fighters? Why is there so much R&D cash committed to find ways to beat stealth? bottom line is they cant stop it then, and they cant stop