Column Commander’s Update Briefing
Self-defence in aerial combat has been transformed by stealth aircraft–but is it the panacea that it was once considered? Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE gets into the detail.
The idea of stealth aircraft is now firmly set in the public imagination. Yet, we are still some way off from the Harry Potter-like ‘cloak of invisibility’. Firstly, stealth capability today is about reducing radar signature in relatively narrow bands of the spectrum; rather than making aircraft totally undetectable. But, invariably they are able to reduce detection ranges to such a degree that a stealthy aircraft can either fly through the now larger gaps created in radar coverage, or get close enough to target the very thing trying to detect them.