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Yes i am well aware they had the S300 series back then and it wouldve been shot down but its still pretty amazing. I nver said they went deep into the airspace.
he SR-71 never truely flew over Soviet airspace(in regards to deep mainland Russia) because at the time the Soviets did in fact have SAMs that could shoot it down.
The SR-71 DID fly over Soviet provinces that bordered the USSR, but never deeply mainland. Always skimming the border squeezing as many photos as possible.
Originally posted by youngiceman87
Maybe thier F-22s on them the hole time
We had our SAM on them the hole time
Originally posted by Russian soldier
You're right, the bombers probably were Tu-160 Blackjacks. They considered to be the most powerful jet bombers today and have a smaller cross section then their counterparts-B-1b bombers.
Although the Tu-160 was designed for reduced detectability to both radar and infrared, it is not a stealth aircraft, and has a higher radar cross section (RCS) than the B-1B.
Both utilize some of the most complex radar avoidance technologies ever seen, with the B-2 having a considerably smaller radar cross section than the F-22.
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Originally posted by LAWNMOWERMAN
my source and statement was based on the editorial piece "Galley of RUSSIAN Aerospace Weapons" By JOHN W.R. TAYLOR
found in an 98 sept. issue of AIR FOROCE magazine VOl. 81 #9 - www.afa.org...
Originally posted by Seekerof
Again, my personal opinion is that the Blackjack RCS assertion might be correct when applied to the B-1A, but not to the B-1B, being stealth characteristics have been stressed and implemented, which would be prudent for the bombers purpose---low-level penetrator.
[edit on 26-4-2006 by Seekerof]
Although the Tu-160 was designed for reduced detectability to both radar and infrared, it is not a stealth aircraft. Russian sources claim that it has a smaller radar cross section (RCS) than the B-1B, but this claim is not known to have been independently verified, and seems unlikely given the Blackjack's much more exposed engine inlets and broader wing gloves.
While the B1b had a major redesign of the air intakes to increase it's stealth the Tu160 relied on the design of the engines. The redesign of the B1's intakes reduces the aircraft's top speed to the point where it is now in reality a transonic aircraft as opposed to a true supersonic aircraft (please correct me if I am wrong). The Tu160 was designed for speed and no concessions were made with the air intakes. To reduce the radar signature the first stage of the compressor was designed in a way and with the particular materials to reduce radar reflection.
As for being the most powerful jet bomber today, I have some reservations.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Hey you knwo what.. maybe the Radar guys just saw them as what they 'really' are and ignored them... I mean ..."Whoa there's a flying billboard out there"..
"What?!!".."Don't report it or you'll lose you're job!!"..