Tag: radar cross-section

How U.S. secretly tested the A-12 RCS during the Cuban Missile Crisis
During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, nineteen SA-2 missile sites were constructed on the island supported by P-14 "Tall King" radars. Oxcart planners realized they had a unique opportunity to test the sensitivity of the latest in Soviet defense radars When the Lockheed U-2 made its first overflight of the Soviet Union...
Interesting footage shows the Su-57 Operating in Syria
According to Sukhoi, the Su-57's radar cross section RCS is reduced to an average figure of 0.3-0.4m2 compared to 15m2 for the Su-27 The interesting footage in this pots shows Russian Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters operating in Syria. Noteworthy as we have already reported the Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) has deployed the first two Su-57s to Khmemeim Air Base last...
That time North Korea fired SA-2 SAMs at SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 pilot Maj. Maury Rosenberg and RSO Maj. E. D. McKim were making their final pass on the DMZ, heading southwest, when North Korea fired two Soviet SA-2 SAMs at their aircraft The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place...
The development of the iconic SR-71 Blackbird: how the world's fastest plane was conceived
The aircraft was painted black, and soon earned its name: “Blackbird.” At Lockheed’s advanced development group, the legendary Skunk Works in Burbank, work on a revolutionary intelligence aircraft had already begun before the shooting down of Gary Power's U-2. This innovative aircraft had to fly faster than any aircraft before or since, at greater altitude, and with a minimal radar...
Four prototypes of the B-1A Mach 2.2 strategic bomber were developed and tested in the mid-1970s, but the program was canceled in 1977 before going into production The cool photo in this post shows B-1A tail number 76-0174 which actually is B-1A No.4. On Aug. 6, 1980 this aircraft completed an 11-hour sortie which at the time was the longest nonstop...
"The F-22s in general require regular coating maintenance but there haven't been any with coatings flying off in the AOR that would require Lockheed Martin to develop a new coating" As we have reported on Feb. 1, 2017, Lockheed Martin recently completed the first F-22 Raptor at the company's Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline facility, where periodic maintenance is performed to...
After USAF F-22 Raptors started to lose their radar-absorbing coating during military operation in Syria, Lockheed Martin developed a new, more resistant coating to apply to the 5th Generation stealth fighter Lockheed Martin Corp. completed the first F-22 Raptor at the company's Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline facility and delivered the aircraft back to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) ahead of schedule. The...
F-22 stealth fighters left behind at Tyndall AFB damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Michael
The in-flight weapons system maintenance issue affected the radar cross-section of the F-22 A re-occurring weapon's system issue with an F-22 Raptor belonging to 43rd Fighter Squadron  from Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, has recently been fixed by a small team of Airmen who developed an innovative solution to solve the problem. Even if, as explained by the U.S. Air Force...

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