Air Force F-35 trains against Russian, Chinese air defenses

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  1. AMDR

    AMDR Captain Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 7, 2015
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    Air Force F-35 trains against Russian, Chinese air defenses

    The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies – as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in the mid-2020s and beyond.

    The testing is aimed at addressing the most current air defense system threats such as Russian-made systems and also focused on potential next-generation or yet-to-exist threats, Harrigian said.

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  2. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    In other words, Russian and Chinese radars can generally detect a stealth aircraft but not clearly enough to give an accurate location to a missile

    But that is starting to change.

    “Acquisition and fire control radars are starting to creep down the frequency spectrum,” a former senior U.S. Navy official told USNI News on Monday.
    With improved computing power, low frequency radars are getting better and better at discerning targets more precisely.

    “If you don’t have the signature appropriate to that [radar], you’re not going to be very survivable,” he said.
    “The lower frequency radars can cue the higher frequency radars and now you’re going to get sacked.”


    Advanced electronic warfare capabilities enable the F-35 to locate and track enemy forces, jam radio frequencies and disrupt attacks with unparalleled precision. All three variants of the F-35 carry active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radars with sophisticated electronic attack capabilities, including false targets, network attack, advanced jamming and algorithm-packed data streams. This system allows the F-35 to reach well-defended targets and suppress enemy radars that threaten the F-35. In addition, the ASQ-239 system provides fully integrated radar warning, targeting support, and self-protection, to detect and defeat surface and airborne threats.

    There are a few ways to defeat radars they include physically destroying them and jamming them. With more F-35's in the air we can jam more radars, this is a good addition to the stealth capabilities the F-35 has.
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