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Containing a double-sided AESA radar with near 360-degree coverage, it could scan, map, track, and classify targets, and do all of these tasks near simultaneously; it was reportedly sensitive enough to pick up a formation of people moving over open terrain.
Other potential missions could include detecting and tracking low flying and stealthy cruise missiles, communications relaying, and electronic warfare as a standoff platform to penetrate contested airspace, since AESA radars are capable of radar jamming, producing fake targets, frying electronic components, and even cyberwarfare.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: Zaphod58
I see, I didn't realize the P-8 even had this capability coming into service. Coupled with EO/IR its a pretty powerful tool. Imagine if you could combine this with the MESA on one platform like a 737-900, or even a 787-8. You could have a virtual gods eye view of any battlefield , land, sea or air.
originally posted by: Slichter
a reply to: FredT
Looks like it was headed for Pacific Heights before it swung back north?
Could be some useful pieces to the puzzle.
They are pretty strict with some of this classified stuff, I remember getting snipped before they even dropped.