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Stealthy strike aircraft such as the F-117, designed by Lockheed Martin's famous SkunkWorks, are usually used against heavily defended enemy sites such as Command and Control centres or surface-to-air (SAM) batteries. Enemy radar will cover the airspace around these sites with overlapping coverage, making undetected entry by conventional aircraft nearly impossible. Stealthy aircraft can also be detected, but only at very short ranges around the radars, so that for a stealthy aircraft there are substantial gaps in the radar coverage. Thus a stealthy aircraft flying an appropriate route can remain undetected by radar. Most low RCS radars exploit Doppler filter to increase the SNR, knowing the exact location of the radars enables to design a flight path that has zero radial speed, therefore invisible. Note that in order to be able to fly these "safe" routes, it is necessary to understand the enemy's radar coverage - see Electronic Intelligence. Also note that if the enemy has mobile radars, such as AWACS, this can complicate matters.
Originally posted by FredT
Can you stealth a warhead? Not sure however:
1) Can you hide its infrared signature? Doubt it
2) If Iran's state run news services issues a statement saying they can now target B-2's and shoo tthem down, would you believe it? What about the Easter bunny?
The proof as we say is in the pudding. No doubt they have a new missile, but the claims seem to be out of NK playbook IMHO.
Originally posted by iqonx
actually making a stealth aircraft isnt that difficult.
Originally posted by Aztecatl
Originally posted by Daedalus3
^^ Jeg kann ikke snakke norsk, takk.
What are you going on an on about?!And since when did that sub become a ballistic missile sub?
What are YOU going on about? If you didn't have anything reasonable to say, I am convinced that you are breaking the rules. I never said anything which you just said, and what about the neutron bombs? have you never heard of it? then maybe you shouldn't try to correct me on it.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Let's not use languages other than English, please. If this happens, I'll assume the poster is saying something that is bannable!
Play nicely, everyone. We can learn a lot when we all play nicely.