Experimental German radar & # 39; followed two American F-35 stealth jet for 100 MILES & # 39; after they were lying on a pony farm waiting to catch those who flew home from airshow
- Radar is designed with sensors and processors that can follow F-35 jets
- It works with observing electromagnetic emissions in the atmosphere
- Then it is read how signals from objects bounce into the air
- German radar manufacturer said the system followed two American fighter jets for nearly 100 miles
The F-35 stealth fighter is praised by the US Air Force as almost invisible to radar – that's why it spent $ 100 million on each of the jets.
However, a German radar manufacturer claims to have followed two rays of one pony farm for nearly 100 miles using an emerging generation of sensors and processors.
It used a new & # 39; passive radar & # 39; system that analyzes how civil communication – such as radio and TV broadcasts and mobile phone stations – bounces on objects in the sky.
This, the company says, makes the jet stealth technology, which is designed to absorb ground radar to stop reflecting, superfluous.
The new radar has no transmitters, so pilots do not realize that they are entering a guarded area – but it is based on civilian communication waves.
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A German radar manufacturer claims to have found two American F-35 jets (stock photo) found on a pony farm nearly 100 km away using a system with & # 39; an emerging generation & # 39; sensors and processors & # 39;
The two F-35 & # 39; s were reportedly tracked in 2018 after they had flown from the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to Germany for the Berlin airshow.
The jets never went up in the air during the show, which means that the passive radar, located in a corner of the airport, could not be tested on them.
But the radar manufacturers were watching the F-35 & # 39; s and as soon as they knew the jets were getting ready to go home, they set up the system, called TwInvis, at a nearby pony farm.
The technology is designed to detect electromagnetic emissions into the atmosphere, including signals from radio stations, televisions, towers for mobile phones and more. The radar can then spot an aircraft by "reading how the signals are reflected" from the jet (stock photo)
After the launch of the jets, the company activated the radar, started following the jets and collected data with the help of signals from the aircraft.
Stealth technology has enabled jet fighters to evade radar defenses, and the US has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on studying and developing aircraft with this capability,
However, it appears that they are returning to the drawing board after following the news that two of their F-35 fighter jets were being followed by a German company, first reported by C4ISRNet.
The technology is designed to detect electromagnetic emissions into the atmosphere, including signals from radio stations, televisions, towers for mobile phones and more.
The radar can then detect an aircraft by reading & # 39; how the signals reflect & # 39; from the jet.
It was reported that the two US Air Force F-35As were at the Berlin Air Show in 2018, where the data was recorded.
The technology found the jets and followed them for about 93 miles.
However, C4ISRNet also noted that the German company knew when the jets were coming and were able to use the signals from the jets' ADS-B transponders to help identify the vessel.
So while this may sound awkward for those who are flying, real enemies will not know when these fighter jets will come – so they may not be able to detect them without this knowledge.
F-35 fact file: how the jets each cost $ 100m, fly with a maximum speed of 1,200 mph and more than 300,000 different parts
– The jet has a total length of 51.2 ft, a wingspan of 35 ft and a height of 14.3 ft.
– It has a top speed of 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph, a Max G rating of 7G and a combat radius of 518 miles.
– Lockheed Martin, who built the jet, describes his stealth options as & # 39; unprecedented & # 39 ;. The airframe design, advanced materials and other functions make it & # 39; virtually non-detectable for enemy radar & # 39 ;.
There are three different variants of the F35, each with separate functions, as shown above
– The F-35B jets are made up of more than 300,000 individual parts.
– There are six distributed aperture sensors around the jet – two below, two on top of the aircraft and one on each side of the nose. These infrared cameras insert real-time information and images into the pilot's helmet so that they can look through the body.
– All variants of the jets are mainly built on the kilometer-long production line of Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.
– It takes 58,000 man-hours to build each F-35B.
– The F-35 can launch from land and will take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth via the skip jump ramp, which is designed to optimize launch.
– Maximum thrust is 40,000 pounds and the radius has a range of 900 nautical miles.
– The jet can land two types of ships: vertically on the deck, and also because of the vertical rolling vertical landing on the ship, which allows the aircraft to bring back several thousand pounds of extra weight to the ship with forward air speed.
Another problem is that the ability of the radar to spot the jets is dependent on signals from civilian transmitters, and many war zones are wastelands with no civilian in sight.
With this being known, countries with a stealth craft can easily disable mobile telephone networks via cyber attacks or bomb radio masts to keep their jets hidden.
However, TwInvis is the only one of its kind that has successfully followed an F-35, and at 93 miles away.
& # 39; As the radar develops and operators refine their tactics, it can become even more effective & # 39 ;, Popular Mechanics reported.
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