China Says It Found A Silver Bullet For America's Stealth Fighter Jets
The Air Force has taken notice.
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February 23, 2020 - by Michael Peck for nationalinterest.org
The problem with evaluating anti-stealth is the same as evaluating stealth: we really won't know how well any of this work until it is used in combat.
China claims to have developed a special radar that can detect stealth aircraft.
In addition, it also functions as a fire control radar that can guide missiles toward stealthy jets like the F-35.
"Meter wave radar can be deployed on vehicles, on land and warships, creating a dense web that gives hostile stealth aircraft nowhere to hide," said China's Global Times.
Chinese scientists say they have solved a fundamental dilemma inherent to radar. High-frequency radars, such as microwave radars, emit a lot of short pulses that are good for guiding weapons to a target. Low-frequency radars, that emit waves that are meters long, are better for searching an area but aren't precise enough for fire control (here's a quick primer).
That means high- and low-frequency radars tend to be paired for search and fire control.
Stealth aircraft are shaped to avoid detection by high-frequency beams. "Meter wave radars can detect stealth aircraft because...
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