A Closer Look: Stealth Tech Makes The US Military The World’s Strongest Fighting Force

Military force is often equated to brute strength, but this is not the true nature of what it means to be powerful. The stealth capabilities of the United States military are what truly separate it from the rest of the world as an elite fighting force.

A Closer Look: Stealth Tech Makes The US Military The World’s Strongest Fighting Force

As radar became a viable tool for war in the 1930s, the demand for stealth increased as well. The aircraft employed for combat at that time were highly visible and easily marked, and radar threatened to completely neutralize air power. The technology for stealth first developed on a usable scale in Germany during World War II. The Horton 224, fortunately for those fighting against the Nazi regime, was not made ready during the war.

However, it is the ingenious technology of reflective surfaces and displacing common components of the planes that helped to create the current wave of B2 stealth planes that stand as the crux of stealth technology today…

How Stealth Works – Radar functions by sending out short pulses of electromagnetic waves into the air as radio waves…

A normal plane will naturally reflect these radio waves, changing the size of the waves as they bounce back to the source of the radar. Stealth works to ensure these modified waves never make it back to the source, reflecting them in such a way as to completely divert their original path. This diffusive reflection is the reason for the extreme and angled shape of the B2 line.

The B2 also deliberately misplaces some of the most common aspects of aircraft that radar is attuned to pick up on. For instance, the engines and the exhaust pipes are located either inside or on top of the plane in order to avoid detection by radar. The B2 also uses split rudders on the side of each wing to move instead of a single rudder that might be more detectable by radar. The body of the B2 itself is made from a classified mix of chemicals that also absorb radio waves, ensuring they never return to the radar source.

The Future of Air Stealth

Moore’s law dictates that radar is constantly becoming more powerful and able to detect stealth techniques. To stay ahead of the curve, the United States continues to research even more powerful radar absorbant materials, adding electromagnetic “noise” to plane flight signals and proactively shooting deflective waves from stealth planes that can cancel even the most powerful and up to date radar of today.

Stealth in Water and on Land

Although the B2 is definitely the most famous of the United States military stealth devices, the other branches of the armed forces also have stealth at their disposal. The Navy, for instance, employs an entirely different set of physics in order to ensure that its line of stealth submarines maintains its effectiveness in the sea. Acoustics become incredibly important for stealth subs to consider, and ground vehicles built for stealth function off of the same principles.

US Stealth subs use rubber mountings to counter the sonar radar that is often used for underwater detection. Stealth subs also take a great deal of their exterior design from the most undetectable fish of the sea. Some of this technology actually came from Sweden, who employed stealth submarine tactics so powerful that the United States actually hired the Gotland Class diesel electric stealth sub for drills. From these drills, the United States was able to create even stealthier subs, using quieter internal machinery and even more streamlined exteriors to reduce the noise that was created from movement.

The United States continues to stay ahead of the curve in military force because of its research into the discipline of staying quiet and moving quickly. It is this stealth that will keep the US on the forefront of military power well into the the future.

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