This is as simple as they come:
The F-117A (original Stealth Fighter) was said to produce the radar signature of a sparrow.
Impressive hiding job, guys.
But why couldn’t the bad guys crank up their radar and, when telling it what to display:
- Anything over 50’ long
- Anything with an measurable area over 30 sq ft.
3, Any sparrow traveling more than 200 mph.
Since everything is digital, real-time screening of radar returns (seems to me) would be instant. So why not look for anything moving fast enough even it it looks like a bumblebee?
Or would a radar array that sensitive become too clogged for even a NSA-sized analysis system to decipher?
Yes, have ben wondering about this since the first Revell kit all those years ago*
- the pentagon denied the existence of the F-117A until Revell released a credible model of it in 1981