5 Insane Stealth weapons of United States
Stealth or Low observational technology is tactics and active electronic countermeasures,covers personnel, aircraft, ships, submarines, missiles, satellites, and ground vehicles less visible (ideally invisible) to enemy radars and other detection methods.
The United states start the development of stealth technology in 1958 and they starts to develop such planes that tended to reduce detection. The Lockheed Martin at the get an edge to success by reducing the radar cross section of aircraft. The result was the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk stealth “fighter.” Since then, stealth has been an integral part of every tactical aircraft deployed by the United States.
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The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American single-seat, twin engines and world first stealth fighter aircraft. the F-117 Nighthawk take its first flight in 1981 in nevada.
The F-117 Nighthawk play a vital role in gulf war where it is primarily used for ground attacks where one was shot down by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in 1999. the U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 in April 2008, primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor.
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is an American heavy bomber stealth fighter. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft in the world that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. the unit cost of B-2 spirit is $737 million. it’s comes into the service of United States in 1997 and keep the title of world second most advanced stealth technology fighter after Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk.
The B-2 can go at a high-altitude of up to 50,000 feet with a maximum range of around 6,000 nautical miles on internal fuel and can further go up to 10,000 nautical miles after air-to-air refueling. the B-2 was first used in combat dropping conventional, non-nuclear ordnance in the Kosovo War in 1999.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a longer range, high altitude, strategic reconnaissance aircraft which is develop by Lockheed Martin for United States air force and NASA as well.
The SR-71 operated at a high speed of Mach 3.2 at an altitude of 85,000 feet to allow it to outrace any threats below. if any surface-to-air missiles launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missiles. On average, each SR-71 could fly once per week due to the extended turnaround required after mission recovery. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents with none lost to enemy action.
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
The F-22 Raptor is a most advanced fighter jet combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world. Its entered service with the USAF in December 2005. US federal law completely ban the export of F-22 as to protect its stealth technology and classified features.
APG-77 has been developed for the F-22 by the Electronic Sensors and Systems Division of Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Electronic Systems. The radar uses an active electronically scanned antenna array of 2,000 transmitter / receive modules, which provides agility, low radar cross-section and wide bandwidth.
APG-77 has an operating range of 100 mi (160 km) while unconfirmed sources suggest an operating range of 125–150 mi (201–241 km), against a 1 m2 (11 sq ft) target. A range of 400 km or more, with the APG-77v1 with newer GaAs modules is believed to be possible while using more narrow beams.
The Four hardpoints on the wings which can carry AIM-120A AMRAAM missiles or external fuel tanks beside this the F-22 has three internal weapon bays, the main weapons bay can carry six AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles or two AMRAAM for short range and two 1,000lb GBU-32 joint direct attack munition (JDAM).
M61A2 Vulcan rotary cannon is installed internally above the right air intake. This cannon holds 480 rounds of 20mm ammunition and feeds the gun at a rate of 100 rounds a second.
The F-22 was designed for a service life of 8,000 flight hours,while the Investigations are being made for upgrades to extend their useful lives further. In the long term, the F-22 is expected to eventually be succeeded by a sixth-generation jet fighter only.
Lockheed Martin F-35
The F-35 is a single engine, stealth, multi-role fighter which makes the second 5th generation fighter in the world. The F-35 made its first flight on 15 December 2006 and comes into the service in July 2015. The United states is the primery user of this fighter jet Additionally, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Poland and , Australia are also using F-35 for Aerial defenses.
AN/APG-81 capabilities includes the most advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground situational awarness, multiple ground moving target indication and track, combat identification, electronic warfare, and ultra high bandwidth communications which increased it’s effectiveness and survivability.
The six external hardpoints on wings gives it the ability to carry 8,200 kg total weapons payloads, while the four internal bay made it to carry long and short range air-to-air missiles.