Introduction to the Basic Technology of Stealth Aircraft: Part 1—Basic Considerations and Aircraft Self-Emitted Signals (Passive Considerations)

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D. Howe

Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford, United Kingdom

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 113(1), 75-79 (Jan 01, 1991) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906533 History: Received February 01, 1990; Online April 24, 2008


This paper reviews information that may be used by a potential enemy to detect and track an aircraft. In particular it is concerned with a passive approach by the enemy, namely the interception of acoustic, infrared, visual, and miscellaneous self-emissions. The origins of these emissions are described and means of eliminating them or reducing their intensity are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the impact of these so-called stealth techniques on the design of the aircraft as a whole.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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