Manufacturing and okerances May it may not be a big issue about ‘stealth.’Absolutely. REPLICA bounced us into F-35.
Much of stealth is about manufacturing tolerances as much as shape. Some comparisons with panel fit on Russian aircraft might be made here; I don't know about Chinese.
I was shown at first hand over 25 years ago what BAE was doing with DB/SPF. It was very impressive.
most of its down to what can be used to detect you in the first place
realising that mounting a an engine on a sprung soundproof box isn’t too much about manufacturing tolerances. It’s about understanding that sound transmits through water.
the WW2 German understanding that bolting rubber tiles onto one of their U boats wasn’t about tolerances. It was an understanding that ASDIC was absorbed by the rubber and not emitted.
Realising that flat surfaces bounce back radar signals more than angled surfaces isn’t about manufacturing tolerances. It’s about understanding how radars work.
nothing is invisible to radar. The limiting factor has always been the radar return interpretation. As processing power continues to increase, the easier it becomes to interpret those returns.
Stealth for me is how AI is being portrayed as a panecea. So far, all I’ve seen with AI is a load of sensors with better standards of programming in order to process. Every example of AI I’ve seen has never been more than a better standard of programming for algorithms. Even relatively straightforward stuff I can do in excel still amazes people.
We use the terminology stealth when in reality we actually mean camouflage.
it would be a brave man who flies a stealth aircraft into heavily defended airspace without having first identified the existing threats, mapped out the weaknesses in the air defence and sent up some for of jamming aircraft to assist or some form of distraction.
when people think they’ve overcome the radar issue, they’ll just try and use something else that can detect things non radar related.
Air warfare has transitioned away from the army equivalent of brightly dressed soldiers forming up in square and is onto the natural progression of decoy and camouflage to increase survivability.