posted on May, 9 2012 @ 07:17 PM
Originally posted by tpsreporter
t he art stuff.
So i ask, what are the chances our Classified Military Projects have unlocked the secrets to Visual Spectrum Cloaking technology?
It depends on what you mean by "unlocked the secrets", but if you mean "investigated with experimental craft in ongoing R&D projects", the chance
And if so, why do videos of UFO's still center around lights zipping across the sky? Wouldn't it be more likely that the most advanced air
craft would be able to hide in plain sight by this time?
It depends on what you mean by that. Any active optical stealth materials would necessarily be expensive, and possibly fragile and could impact other
desirable performance parameters.
They would be employed in ways commensurate with mission requirements and economics. If these materials were heavy and not heat-resistant, they might
not employed on an air-superiority fighter which demands high-speed aerodynamic agility.
And remember that the goal would be to lower observability to such a degree that some craft could perform its mission (whatever it is, recon, comm, or
combat) with sufficient degree of success in hostile airspace with enemy with a certain assumed level of capability.
This is not the same as "Being Invisible All The Time To Everybody".
I believe, without data, that some level of optical stealth technology has been developed to the point that it will start going into future
generations of production aircraft, most likely the B-3 bomber which has just been opened up for competition. Possibly some may go on reconaissance
UAVs which have a very low probability of being shot down.
Stealth is low-probability of detection, but even a F-22 can be detected by a sufficiently powerful radar at a sufficiently close range. The point is
to make that sufficiently close range to be substantially shorter than the range at which the F-22 launches stand-off munitions; mission plans are
designed around capabilities and limitations.