Monday, August 4, 2014

Stealth is not all its cracked up to be

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft attached to the 33rd Fighter Wing flies over northwest Florida before landing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 14, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago/Released)
I found it rather fortuitous that this article about piercing stealth technology:

"The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, but not from low-frequency systems utilizing L, UHF and VHF wavelengths, according to an article by Dave Majumdar at USNI News."

came out closely to my post on shooting down a stealth fighter in Yugoslavia:

From the Wikipedia Article:

"Zolt├ín Dani tuned his P-18 to the lowest possible frequency, hoping that meter band waves would reflect from the inside of targets, rendering stealth aircraft skin technology ineffective. In practice his modified P-18 provided stable plot of F-117 movements from just 25 km, which was useful when combined with the comparatively short missile range of the SA-3 air defence complex. Furthermore, the P-18 meter band radar could be kept almost constantly emitting, since most NATO radar warning receiver devices did not cover such a very low frequency band."