posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 03:47 PM
OKAY, OKAY, OKAY!!! First of all, lets all get rid of the term "stealth." Instead, lets call it low-observability since no aircraft is totally
immune to detection.
Second...being stealthy does not mean, being able to fly over the Kremlin, Beiijing, or a Type 42 destroyer and not get shot down. What it means, is
that, through the use of various tactics, having the ability to EVADE detection. Meaning, it can still be detected, but the attackers window of
attack is substantially minimized.
It is probably quite easy to shoot down an aircraft like the F/A-22 or B-2, if the aircraft flies within the reduced kill envelope of a SAM or radar.
However, the aircraft receive electronic info which allows them to avoid that envelope and conduct their mission within certain parameters. An F/A-22
supercruising at 40,000ft can launch a ground attack from many miles away.
Also, as technology is advanced, the US continues to develop more advanced stealth. The F-117 is the oldest of the aircraft in the stealth arsenal.
The US obviously realizes that radars/etc will reach parity with the current technology, maybe that's why they are moving towards more lethal
unmanned air vehicles which will not risk human life and are not as restricted by human physiological constraints.