Video: Why is Advanced Stealth Still "Very Hard to Hit?"

Kris Osborn

Warrior Maven Video Above: Why Advanced Stealth is Still "Very Hard to Hit"

By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

Despite the loud and fast-growing chorus of analysts, critics and weapons developers who continue to raise the question as to whether stealth technology may slowly be becoming obsolete, some senior weapons developers are citing some ways current and emerging stealth platforms will - for years to come - remain very difficult to destroy.

Russian built S-300 and S-400 air defense weapons, believed by many to be among the best in the world, are able to use digital technology to network “nodes” to one another to pass tracking and targeting data across wide swaths of terrain. New air defenses also use advanced command and control technology to detect aircraft across a much wider spectrum of frequencies than previous systems could. Also, much is being made of Russia’s emerging S-500 system, purported to be even more sophisticated against stealth aircraft.

While there is broad agreement that these newer air defenses do make it harder for stealth platforms to remain fully undetected, there are a variety of reasons why actually destroying a stealth platform - and completing the entire “kill chain” - will remain extremely difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish, according to a former 3-Star Air Force weapons developer.

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Kris Osborn of Warrior Maven previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and an-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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The research on advanced stealth weapons have taken a two tracked approach. One is materials and the other is electronic. The new materials are more radar absorbent and the electronic can mask a war plane to not be seen by any radars. The other RF systems that are sure bets are jamming systems. Once you have the frequency of an enemies radar on air defense systems you are capable of reverse engineering counter measures. Hence you use a anti-radar missile built with stealth technologies that just passively homes in on Russian and Chinese targeting radars and oops there goes an other radar guided missile battery. We have had systems like this since the 1960's I would suspect we have advanced those systems to modern threats...

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Hello Activemind - your comment is very interesting and has inspired some new area of research on my part. .Glad you are engaging Warrior Maven and I look forward to what I can learn, and write about, related to this topic. Pls stay in touch and continue to send ideas. Also, you are welcome to send me ideas directly via email. Appreciate your expertise. Kris