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Northrop Grumman Has Patented A Kinetic Missile Defense System For Stealth Aircraft

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posted on Oct, 26 2017 @ 06:58 PM
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Interesting. NG has just been granted a patent for a concealable air to air missile defense system that would work for a stealth bomber. Heck they even included a cranked kite airframe in the descriptions. Right now, the bombers are basically on their own and have little help once detected unless in the range of friendly jamming aircraft etc. My question is would such a system offer a high off boresight engagement envelope?

www.thedrive.com...




posted on Oct, 26 2017 @ 07:29 PM
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a reply to: FredT

As long as they have the capability to turn, and lock onto the incoming missile there's no reason that they couldn't be used in a HOBS situation.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 01:09 AM
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a reply to: FredT

I would suggest that if the enemy is able to engage a stealth aircraft then the stealth aircraft is no longer sufficiently stealthy and then becomes an easy target.

Russian answer to perplexing problem ... fire one more missile than they have interceptors.

Drink vodka after kill.

Perhaps the people who design these aircraft know that stealth abilities are not going to cut it for very much longer.

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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 01:43 AM
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a reply to: pheonix358

You don't think that they should plan for all eventualities, and be able to stop something unexpected? Prior to Vega 31 being shot down everyone knew that stealth was virtually unstoppable.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 02:30 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yes they should plan but when the day comes that stealth is no longer viable, what we are left with is aircraft that only do one thing really well ... stealth.

Why would anyone approve a patent for a mini missile that is basically like all the other missiles ... only smaller.

It would not surprise me if they take a current missile (such as from a manpad) and sex it up a little.

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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 03:45 AM
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a reply to: pheonix358

They've been working on systems like this for years. It's for far more than just the B-21. It's also nothing like other missiles. Other missiles target large targets, this is designed to target missiles. That's a lot harder to do. It's also designed to do it by impact. The system mentioned is designed for the B-21, but it'll end up on a lot more.

We're still a long way from stealth being obsolete. It has a lot of room to grow left, and is just coming into some fields.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 04:54 AM
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originally posted by: pheonix358


Perhaps the people who design these aircraft know that stealth abilities are not going to cut it for very much longer.

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nah i just means they didnt get access to the visible cloaking device and had to come up with something different

Stealth or not, an unknown SAM threat unexpectedly going active or a fighter Jet with decent Mark 1 capabilities in the wrong place at the wrong time could ruin anyones day.

Active anti missile defense systems are a great idea and have been long time coming.
Two years ago Orbital ATK tested an active protection system for helicopters, similar to APS mounted on tanks:
defence-blog.com...

Incidentally Northrop just bought Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion... i think its very likley this system is already in use on the RQ-180 for a long time...



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 05:21 AM
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We're still a long way from stealth being obsolete. It has a lot of room to grow left, and is just coming into some fields.


True ... all the way to invisibility in fact.

Just to make a point to think about ...

Battle Ships and Dreadnoughts still had a long way to go ... but aircraft killed them all in a matter of a few short years ... one war in fact. Consider what a Dreadnought would be like now. Nuclear power, railguns, missiles.

We are only one new power source away from a complete re-work of the military. That is ... one single invention.

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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:29 AM
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a reply to: pheonix358

And every year we hear all about how stealth is already obsolete, and it's useless against this, that, and the other thing.

Stealth isn't a dreadnought or a battleship. And it's not going away because someone comes up with some invention tomorrow.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:49 AM
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I thought stealth was somewhat obsolete because of satellite and high altitude platforms with down facing radar. Stealth is designed against upward and forward radar.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:54 AM
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a reply to: TamtammyMacx

See.

It's a lot harder to track an aircraft from a satellite than its made out to be. Satellite radar is much better with non moving targets, like the ground.



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