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jeffb wrote:You guys are forgetting networking. One L-band source won't provide fantastic accuracy but what about multiple units networked together. Widely separated units will reduce the volume that a blip can be in dramatically. Cuing multiple x-band radars to a specific volume will increase the probability of detection and at the very least, even if only working individually, they can cue other platform sensors like IRST.
The standard response to that is they have to give away their position to do that. The real question is, if they can detect or localize all the stealthy birds in the process, does it matter.
I see where you are going, but you probably still can't target the stealth birds. If you get a location and firm direction (not to mention a firm count on number of stealth birds) you are still stuck waiting for your high band radar to get a weapons track. Meanwhile the stealth birds know you are there and that you are trying to track them. Basically you are now playing chicken; you know the stealth(s) are there and they know you are there.
The only problem is that most likely the stealth birds will get a weapons track on you before you get one on them. Then you have to maneuver to avoid the incoming threat(s), thus possibly loosing your L-band track, and now the stealth birds have the upper hand.
Also history indicates that it is likely there will be more F-22/F-35's than L-band equipped SU-35's and T-50's.
pants3204 wrote:How vulnerable is the F-22 or any VLO aircraft to RCS degredation due to L-Band radar usage?
How effective is an L-Band radar in the leading edge of an aircraft (a la T-50)? Ground based L-Band?
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