posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 12:35 PM
This is an interesting thread, wish I could post some of what I've worked on.
I think it's safe in general to say this:
1) There is more than one basic type of stealth, I know of 3 that are applicable to general purpose airframes. You can't lump them all together and
make accurate statements about it, because they're all very different. The one you guys see on the news, Ufimtsev edge-wave stealth, is old and
busted even though it's the latest thing.
2) Everything has its weaknesses
3) The US is two types ahead of everyone else, and gaining. Three if you count the odd one. Types 2 and 3 have only been fielded on 'unusual'
airframes to date.
4) Not all radar is the same. Not all ground based stealth sensing devices are radar in a classic sense. Not all stealth sensing radars use high
5) Not all radar is detectable. Not anymore. THAT has huge ramifications in terms of combat tactics.
6) There's a technology storm on the horizon. A lot of EM based stuff, especially military, is going to change. There is a ton of very odd technology
about to hit over the next twenty years, and some of it is very non-intuitive.