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The Air Force Wants a "Cloaking Device" for its Tankers

Discussion in 'The Americas' started by layman, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. randomradio

    randomradio Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Multiple seekers and networking will be necessary.
     
  2. BMD

    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Or Klingon cloaking methods do not work.
     
  3. randomradio

    randomradio Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Good thing nobody has a Klingon cloaking device. Only Spectra.
     
  4. zebra7

    zebra7 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Relax. You are mixing everything up. Spectra is not a device, rather its a combination of various sensors, DRFM, AESA based Emitter, High performance Mission Computer, and the Software developed after decades of experience and R&D around French Airforce. Thus it the whole Suite, what you are talking about. The core of the Spectra capability is not in the Aesa based DRFM, jammer, or the sensors rather the proprietary modular onboard computer (Thales) for realtime, high performance processing power and the software developed to fool the adversaries MMR by sampling and analysing incoming radar and feeding it back to the hostile emitter out of phase thus cancelling out the returning radar echo, thus active cancellation.

    Coming to the Jammers -- They are of different types, namely Noise Jammer, Barrage Jammer, Directional Jammer, and DRFM etc etc. In case of F-18SH Growler there is a use of Noise jammer, and barrage Jammer over a wide range of frequency band, which overloads the Radar, and it is used mainly against the Ground based Air defence system, but required lot of power. In case of DRFM, it is actually a programmed jammer which utilizes smart technique of capturing and storing the radar's frequency in its memory and return back the similar frequency signal to create several false signal, and this usually does not utilized against the enemy onboard Radar, rather it targets the onboard active radar of AAM or SAM. Spectra on the otherhand fools the Targetting Radar.
     
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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    No. It's hogwash, it's a standard DRFM jamming system.
     
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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    They have it only in the same way that Howard has a life.
     
  7. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I agree to your points. This is what I too have been saying. read what I wrote on LSA thread and also here. Shaping, active cancellation and all other means will become obsolete in very near future but the basics of small size will remain valid forever, whether its quantum radar, photonics or any other means. This is where LSA scores over all other fighters. It is small, can operate from grass strips and can be hidden under bushes.
     

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