Originally posted by stumason
Your quote says that this radar has a range of up to 32Km that's only 20miles?
Bear in mind Westy that this is a battlefield system, and further range is not required. However, it can be intergrated into a wider Air defense
system if needed, as it only uses the onboard tracking systems for target acquisition and firing, which takes all of 5 seconds.
If the wider Air defense network picks up an incoming target, then this info can be relayed to the relevant AA battery, and the Rapier can be fired as
soon as the target enters range.
20 miles is plenty far enough if the plane doesn't know your there. And with the missile doing Mach 2.5+, the chances are they won't know whats
coming until it's to late.
I can't seem to find any info on the cross section capabilities, but that isn't surprising, as this is the latest variant and therefore classified I
And Westy, I detect from your post there that somehow this is going to degenerate into a "Well, the US is kick-arse number one, can't shoot us down,
Why the put down?
If you really want to know, the F-117 can be easily tracked and targetted by the Rapier and this was done without the F-117 pilot knowing.
It caused quite a stink in 1996 (I think it was) when this was leaked to the news, and the Americans were not best pleased that it was announced on
the BBC! (and that wasn't the latest version either)
[edit on 23/4/05 by stumason]
Well, not meaning to turn this into a pi**ing contest, but that is completely false. If you really think that a stealth aircraft can be "easily"
tracked by any system out there, you really have no clue as to what you are talking about. I've heard the same arguments before in reference to that
F-117 incident, and there are a LOT more details to it. I've seen it before on multiple forums, someone steps in saying, "Oh, the F-117 can be
easily tracked by yada yada.....stealth aircraft aren't that stealthy yada yada" and they haven't a clue as to what they're saying, and no one
really does until an actual engineer of some type steps in and explains some things.
"Stealth" is a very complicated subject, one most people don't understand. Unless you've got a Phd in the subject of stealth aircraft, you really
shouldn't say such a thing. You cannot "easily" track a stealth aircraft. There are two factors that are common sense even that should tell you
that. One, the U.S. continues to pour plenty of money into it, and they are NOT going to pour money into something that doesn't work, two, the MEDIA?
Man, never believe a word of the media, ESPECIALLY the BBC of all the media outlets. They exaggerate information and NEVER have a clue as to what they
are talking about. The BBC, the New York Times, etc...NEVER believe a word they say. They are incredibly biased as well.
You are going to seriously take the words of JOURNALISTS on something as complicated as stealth aircraft?
And no, this is not a "U.S. military equipment is unbeatable, undetectable, yada yada" type post, it is a, "Stealth aircraft cannot be "easily
tracked" and anyone who says so doesn't know what they're saying post." Yes, stealth aircraft can be detected, but it is very difficult. Like I
said, it is a complicated subject that really none of us are qualified to discuss.
There are a LOT of factors involved. As for the F-117 being shot down, heck, the pilots had flown that route multiple times already even. I am NOT
saying the F-117 wasn't or isn't detectable, but to say it can be "easily detected and tracked" is, well, pure and utter ignorance.
A good deal of stealth technical knowledge is classified even, as the U.S. military doesn't want other countries getting access to technology they
have a monopoly on.