Stealth

New York: Orion Books, 1989. First U. S. Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. The format is approximately 8.75 inches by 12 inches. 188 pages. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrations (most in color). Index. DJ has some wear. This is an oversized book and if sent outside of the United States will require additional shipping charges. Traces the development of stealth technology, explains its design principles, and discusses radar-absorbing materials, control of heat and sound emissions, and the use of electronic warfare systems. Stealth technology (or LO for low observability) is not one technology. It is a set of technologies, used in combinations, that can greatly reduce the distances at which a person or vehicle can be detected; more so radar cross-section reductions, but also acoustic, thermal, and other aspects. The author was a defense journalist specializing in the fields of aviation, guided missiles and electronics. He was formerly defense editor of Flight International, editor of Military Technology and Economics, and editor of Defense Material. He was the author of several books. Stealth technology, also termed low observable technology (LO technology), is a sub-discipline of military tactics and passive and active electronic countermeasures,[1] which covers a range of methods used to make personnel, aircraft, ships, submarines, missiles, satellites, and ground vehicles less visible (ideally invisible) to radar, infrared, sonar and other detection methods. It corresponds to military camouflage for these parts of the electromagnetic spectrum (i.e., multi-spectral camouflage). Development of modern stealth technologies in the United States began in 1958, where earlier attempts to prevent radar tracking of its U-2 spy planes during the Cold War by the Soviet Union had been unsuccessful.[5] Designers turned to developing a specific shape for planes that tended to reduce detection by redirecting electromagnetic radiation waves from radars. Radiation-absorbent material was also tested and made to reduce or block radar signals that reflect off the surfaces of aircraft. Such changes to shape and surface composition comprise stealth technology as currently used on the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit "Stealth Bomber". The concept of stealth is to operate or hide while giving enemy forces no indication as to the presence of friendly forces. This concept was first explored through camouflage to make an object's appearance blend into the visual background. As the potency of detection and interception technologies (radar, infrared search and tracking, surface-to-air missiles, etc.) have increased, so too has the extent to which the design and operation of military personnel and vehicles have been affected in response. Some military uniforms are treated with chemicals to reduce their infrared signature. A modern stealth vehicle is designed from the outset to have a chosen spectral signature. The degree of stealth embodied in a given design is chosen according to the projected threats of detection. Condition: Very good / Good.

Keywords: Radar, Cross-Section, Stealth, Aircraft, Black Programs, Lockheed U-2, TR-1, SR-71 Blackbird, Reconnaissance, Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Electronic Warfare, Passive Target Identification

ISBN: 0517573431

[Book #87781]

Price: $75.00

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