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Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
Actually, there are reports that suggest at one point, the F-19 did exist. Some say it was a product of Have Blue, an earlier version of the Stealth Fighter. Apparently the F-117A was favored, perhaps because the F-19 was too advanced?
I am not saying this with any certainty. But reports have suggested there were predecessors to the F-117A and aircraft even more advanced than it.
Originally posted by vorazechul
that the russian stealth technology (yes , there was one and maybe there are more that we don't know about) was based on a special "paint" that could absorb different sorts of radiation(like radiowaves from a radar).
There were two test planes a mig-23 and a mig-29
( the technology has been applied to the tu-160 too but only in some parts of the plane)which showed it works and at that time the modified mig-23 could beat the f-15 in longrange missilefight which the normal one can't do.
The programm suffered under the stupid ussr bureaucracy that time.
I think the usa is also developing such technologies they don't need an edgy aircraft to be stealth.
Originally posted by Lampyridae
There were a number of rivals to the F-117; including one aircraft that had rounded edges in a different radar-scattering philosophy (ie minimise radar returns in all directions), although development never for that never went very far.