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Re: NI stealth project

From: "Phillip E. Pournelle" <pepourne@n...>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:50:30 -0800
Subject: Re: NI stealth project

At 07:45 PM 1/27/99 +0100, Oerjan Ohlson wrote:
>Laserlight wrote:
>> Granted I haven't read
>> each detail of every post, I get the impression that Oerjan is
>> stealth affects weapons-
>I don't think I'm thinking that. I think I'm thinking that the Stealth
>affects the fire control so as to degrade the fire solution, but the
>visible effect of degrading the fire solution is that the weapons don't
>hit as well as they used to.

	As someone who does this sort of thing for a living, I would
like to
disagree.  A Fire Control sensor is a very powerful radar system that
at least the amount of power used to scour the skies and focuses it on
particular object.  The problem is of course that a fire control sensor
like looking through a straw, a very tight beam.  While you can decrease
the effectiveness of a fire control sensor to get a fire control
("lock") by decreasing your Radar Cross Section (stealth), this is not
significant in the scale of the energy and focus being used at the time.
It is far more effective to prevent someone from gaining a track on you
start with and thus preventing them from queing their fire control
to gain a fire control solution on you.

Gort, Klaatu barada nikto!

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