Stealth Shocker: China Claims It Can Track Air Force F-22 Raptors
No more stealth?
Some industry experts suggested that a combination of high-speed data-links and low-frequency phased-array radars could generate a weapons quality track.
State-run Chinese media is claiming that the People’s Liberation Army has been able to track the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over the East China Sea. While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda—it is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact—it’s very possible that China can track the Raptor. Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking.
First off, if a Raptor is carrying external fuel tanks—as it often does during “ferry missions”—it is not in a stealth configuration. Moreover, the aircraft is often fitted with a Luneburg lens device on its ventral side during peacetime operations that enhances its cross section on radar.
That being said, even combat-configured F-22s are not invisible to enemy radar, contrary to popular belief. Neither is any other tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft with empennage surfaces such as tailfins—the F-35, PAK-FA, J-20 or J-31. That’s just basic physics.
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anonymous18 hours ago
Tracking an airplane and actually shooting an airplane are completely different things.
Bored Creep17 hours ago
This is not a surprise. Stealth aircraft have been trackable for decades. The problem is using a radar or sensor suite that's useful for weapons guidance. Having that capability isn't something you brag about so as to keep it secret until you use it.
Peter20 hours ago
The F22 they can track was probably disguised with radar reflective plates, just to let them thought they can detect the F22.
UkropStomper17 hours ago
Stealth never meant something was invisible. Just meant the radar signature was smaller. Technology was eventually going to find a way. Russia was able to track Stealth 20 years ago and helped the Serbs modify their radar systems to adapt. As a result they were able to detect and down an American F117A over Serbia in 1999.
J20 hours ago
Saying and doing, two totally different things.
Tom21 hours ago
If China really could track the F22, I seriously doubt they'd tell us.
VaJayDub20 hours ago
China can’t even build a stealth jet at this point. If they know how to build a system to track stealthy aircraft, then they should be able to build a jet that can evade radar as well.
William18 hours ago
The only way to tell for sure is combat.
Jack and Cyn18 hours ago
China also spliced footage from Top Gun into video of its 5th gen fighter. just saying.
Jake20 hours ago
Yes they can...by setting up a their newest "Wok satellite" ...it produces best fried rice too.
Truth18 hours ago
Confucius say if China could track a combat configured F22, then they would no longer be investing in Stealth technology of their own...
Insurance Is Extortion!20 hours ago
Tracking it and downing it are two completely different things.
r321 hours ago
If they can do it, so can we. So why are they wasting their time building a stealth bomber? Oh wait I know its because they are lying about being able to track stealth fighters
r16 hours ago
"National Interest" should have checked that out and reported on the outcome instead of repeating the Chinese claim.
Randy15 hours ago
Stealth tech is 30 yrs old, it is very possible they have advanced radar tech to see where are the planes
noosa12 hours ago
Our military complex is asking for an immediate infusion of $10 trillion to develop the cloaking technology.
Irish caravaners17 hours ago
Can they track air Force one?
BillT16 hours ago
Radar can be jammed.
RICK W17 hours ago
Lets hope the pilots aren't carrying their Chinese made phones with them.
Scott14 hours ago
china's quantum radar can track stealth jets, because of it's quantum signal it can not be jam or interfere by incoming jets. quantum is the next level that no other country have.
Eric10 hours ago
I believe everything the Chinese say.
Amazed2 hours ago
The Chinese even claim they are honest..."since ancient times..."
Har17 hours ago
Please don't say anything about our laser beams weapons, let's keep it secret.
Richard16 hours ago
We are sure China also claims to have landed a man on Mars -- claims are easy to make. Demonstrated evidence is a bit harder to produce.
Colton Thorp18 hours ago
I'm not pretending to be a military genius or anything, but it seems like flying it around the South Ch-a Sea in a configuration that is purposefully trackable during non-combat missions would be a way to build up false confidence for other militaries.