The National Interest cites five reasons why the Stick is outperforming the US military. Ironically, the credit for this goes to a Russian physicist.
In an article published by him in its latest issue, military expert Kyle Mizukami considered that the stealth properties that the army has introduced into the manufacture of its weapons are not limited to combat aircraft, but also include submarines. Read also At a cost of $ 40 billion … a Japanese stealth fighter project made by Mitsubishi Far from Silicon Valley, the army is the ideal customer Turkey has turned its exclusion from the F-35 program from a curse to a blessing Between Israel, America and Russia .. Who owns the best missile defense systems in the world?
Mizukami – a writer specializing in defense and national security affairs in California – says that concealment or the idea of limiting the enemy’s ability to detect a weapon is not new.
Thousands of years later, thanks to the ability to detect objects on the ground, in the air and in the sea using electromagnetic radiation, it became difficult to hide weapons from view in broad daylight.
A Russian physicist named Peter Ofimtsev had published research on the refraction of electromagnetic waves (radar waves). Unaware of the seriousness of her work, the Soviet Union authorities at the time translated many of those papers into English.
From these researches, the flight engineers of the American company Lockheed deduced a correct theory about the reduction of the radar cross-section, so the stealth fighter F-117 Nighthawk was born. Since then, stealth technology has become an integral part of any tactical aircraft deployed by the United States.
Here are 5 of the most lethal stealth combat weapons:
1- SR-71 Blackbird
This aircraft has been reputed to be the fastest aircraft but is not known to be a stealth aircraft. This model is considered one of the first aircraft of its kind that is distinguished by many stealth features.
When the plane took off on its first flight in 1962, it contained 4 ghost features. The first feature is that the plane’s surface is designed to avoid the reflection of radar waves. The second advantage is that the wings, tail and structure of the aircraft were used in its manufacture of composite materials alternating with titanium metal, considering that the compounds are radar absorbers and use stealth technology and are used to hide the vehicle or any object from radar detection.
The third is the massive G-58 afterburner engines with large air intake inlets close to the fuselage.
The fourth feature of the S-71 fighter is black paint and circles filled with small iron balls. The distinctive black
2- F-117 Nighthawk
This was the first type of operational stealth aircraft, and is often mistakenly referred to as the stealth fighter. Contrary to popular belief, the F-117 is a tactical bomber that lacks the ability to hit targets in the air.
The first combat sortie of this type of aircraft was in 1989 when it bombed targets during the US invasion of Panama. Its second sortie was during Operation Desert Storm, when it flew overnight missions over Baghdad, and took part in imposing no-fly zones on Iraq in the 1990s.
She also participated in missions in Kosovo in 1999 and during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, before being retired in 2008.
3- Bomber B-2 Spirit
Northrop Grumman released this model in 1988, and this aircraft is considered the first stealth strategic bomber. The tail-missing plane is designed to further reduce the radar signature. It was originally designed to penetrate the Soviet air defense network in any nuclear war.
The B-2 Spirit bomber is capable of carrying weapons ranging from B-61 thermonuclear gravitational bombs (B-61) and MOP armory penetration bombs to Joint Direct Attack Munitions consisting of guidance devices. They attach to unguided bombs or “dumb bombs” and convert them into “smart” guided munitions that operate in all weather conditions.
The B-2 Spirit bomber participated in combat missions in Kosovo in 1999, in Operation “Iraqi Freedom” in 2011, and in the bombing of an airport during the air embargo on Libya or “Odessa Dawn” as the United States called it.
4- F-22 Raptor
Unlike previous American stealth aircraft, including the F-117 and B-2, the F-22 was designed as a stealth fighter to give it a decisive advantage in air-to-air combat.
The F-22 saw the light in the late 1980s as an advanced tactical fighter.
5- Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines
Stealth technology is not limited to aircraft only, as submarines have been characterized by the presence of stealth features throughout the past decades. Of all the submarines, the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines are the strongest for their combination of lethality and stealth.
These submarines displace 18,450 tons and are the largest of their kind built by the United States.
Eighteen Ohio-class submarines have been built, 14 of which carry ballistic missiles, while the other four have been re-armed with conventional cruise missiles.