“We are going to make our best effort to not over-design the aircraft,” says Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “We are intent on ordering a capability that is not extravagant.”Wow, sounds great. But then what do they want the plane to have?
- stealth (which is expensive, since it requires special skin that helps to evade radar and more);
- "capable of intelligence gathering, conducting electronic warfare and linking to offboard sensors"
- "non-kinetic weaponry, including high-power microwave weapons, lasers and electronic attack."
- "large magazine, which means small or repeating weapons, long-range radar and the ability to judge the effects of electronic attacks." [Won't the long-range radar make the plane easier to find since radar is the sending of signals to bounce off of stuff? I am no expert here so correct me if I am wrong.]
- "at least some supersonic dash speed"
All I can think of this: more things change, the more they stay the same.
Radar does not work in "off" mode. But you are right, when working on tracking stealth aircraft the electronic noise was always the way to find them, and radar is essentially and electronic wave traveling through the atmosphere.
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