Yeah I know Tim, then there's the whole filter out the background "noise" issue but that's a bit complicated.
It's a functional ability or Lunchmeat's Silent Sentinel and similar PCLS systems wouldn't be acknowledged as a possible frontrunner in areas which
otherwise have limited signals density of any kind (in terms of developing an airspace control scheme).
Anyway, the F-117 will have better success with the SDB, eight bombs with 60NM standoff range. I'd be impressed if most ground radars can
an F-117 at that distance.
Indeed. However; I would be equally 'shocked and amazed' if the F-117 could see diddly dip in the way of _self imaged_ ground targets.
And therein lies your problem because if some other, lesser, (3 million dollar MQ-1) is passing off PTOD coordinates to an F-16 (particularly with an
EA-6B or Big Crow type platform 'shadowing it' in the spotlight of RFCM) it's going to be hard to generate an FC solution even against a 1-2m2
target at those distances.
All the more so given as it can climb to altitude, release and dive back down below the local LOS horizon for conventional emitters before any
reaction-fired SAM can even arrive in the 'general vicitinty'.
That only 'the very best', which is to say pricey, $-300/$-400 and later systems that can even get that far is then still mitigated by the fact that
Mach 5 to 60nm = 1.28 minutes worth of flight time IF the million dollar round follows a laser flat trajectory at a constant velocity which we both
know it won't.
And once everybody with two sparking synaptic gaps above the browline realizes this, they will ask the NEXT question which is undoubtedly going to be
"Why not just take a lighter and BURN the suitcase worth of cash since the rocket trades speed downrange for a single-shot chance of intercept on a
target that itself is going to be MANY miles away, buried in clutter when it gets there?"
The immediate answer is of course the ADSAM or similar network-cue environment and a hear kitty kitty approach which at least nominally allows late
lightoff LOS attack from within much shorter slant distances of say 20-25nm, tops (which is why PAC-3's maximum list range is so short, even though
ERINT is itself no slowpoke).
But the SMART ONE is always going to be guy saying that that idea leaves too many gaps and is too single-node vulnerable to take down when instead you
can do the 'Chinese UCAV' trick-
(basically a maneuver optimized variation of the Model 320 series Scarab drones with a little S-54 thrown in).
Wherein the missile is in fact an airbreather and thus able to LOITER on the internal oxidizer and volume-for-Mach airframe trades. At which point,
you have a _turbo SAM_ able to 'walk down the hill and nail all of them'.
//Hunting// for as much as engaging handed-off targets with netted optical sensors as it goes.
Now you are back to playing a viable presence vs. P-for-pursuit game in which there are no real 'airfields' to suppress. There are no flippin'
radars to cue an intelligent ARM attack or go-'round strategy upon. And both the F-117 and the F-16 (and the F-35 and Flubber and Rafale and and
and) are DEAD BLEEPING MEAT.
The only thing which comes close to beating back this kind of defense in a conventional sense is the F-22 which, with it's Mach 1.5++ supercruise and
50K ceiling can probably loft glide weapons from 100nm AND target them with SAR modes (Blk.20, crossed fingers) from 50.
Because it has the gas tank to force the scaleup of otherwise small interceptors back to telephone pole size in making the rundown as much as the
Myself, particularly given the likely distribution of even conventional-war targets as multiple needles in a million square mile haystack (i.e. we
have to loiter too) is going to be staying as simple as possible with a cow-bomber that releases it's own swam of micro-interceptor escorts (as and
when terminal-attack required) but which _concentrates_ on getting the monolithic structure and simple lines of a flying wing down to the point where
effective optical LO (isolumination panels or the like) can happen. And RFLO is a given as a function of taking down the kinds of longwave emitters
that can actually detect the fuzzy-blip dipole scalar at range. Leaving only the mid to upper centimetric systems which are power limited to the
affordable array size.
In this kind of a system, ain't nobody gonna be lookin' out of no windows so the pilot doesn't serve much purpose (his cueing role having been
replaced by DAS/DIRS with most of the bomber UCAV sensorization itself being remoted through systems like the Dominator as a 'fly down X and see what
you see' type offset road recce.
If you can afford to throw away the UCAV. The UCAV's 'value' is inherent not to self emission but rather a range of hyper intelligent
sub-ordnance. And the entire lot forms a more or less permanent constellation of pseudolite overhead ISR, then you don't need to obey the
surge-and-cycle limited roles that man envisions as warfare based on his own biological 'thrust' of adrenaline and testosterone. Both highly
outdated instinctive concepts related to a million years of hunter-gatherer existence rather than any real understanding of how wars are fought and
what they mean. Such as even Sun Tzu knew way back in the 6th century BC. The dominant warrior doesn't fight. He forced his enemy to slink from
the battlefield by the awesome array of his /intelligence/ not forces in suppressing independent innitiative at every point across the battlespace.
Hmmmmm, maybe we'd better watch out fer dem Chinese after all...