Aviation Week & Space Technology

Inside Infrared and the Future of Stealth Technology

Jul 07, 2017

Stealth aircraft may be good at limiting detection by radar, and while designers are also getting better at concealing an infrared signature, sensor technology is catching up. That’s why in the future, stealth aircraft will demand more than new designs – but also new ways of thinking. Listen in as our editors discuss.

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on Jul 7, 2017

Well now the Truth which we have known. Stealth is DEAD. Infrared Search and Track can blow the F-22, F-35 and B-2 into oblivion... LOL... See S400, S500 etc.... POTUS Needs to FIRE ALL Air Force Senior Leadership. To many Retired 4 Stars Working for Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman Lobbyists that completely lie for Money and Wall Street!! We have know this for Decades. FIX NOW!

on Jul 7, 2017

No one claimed that "stealth" would work forever. Stealth bombers did a good job in Yugoslavia and in Iraq. I will agree that the days of manned aircraft in general are numbered, but until reliable autonomous UCAVs can do the job in delivering large payloads to changing ground environments while avoiding unacceptable levels of "collateral damage," we will still need manned aircraft capable of penetrating contested enemy air space to take out the targets required. Missiles can't change their mind and go back.

on Jul 7, 2017

The USAF and contractors have devised technologies and strategies to overcome these obstacles by utilizing combined assault tactics, etc. For example (and completely hypothetically), against Sweden, the goal of an initial combined forces assault would be to take out there TWO advanced radar stations that can detect F-22s, F-35s, B-2s, etc. If and once that objective is completed, those aircrafts would then have complete air superiority as aircraft-to-aircraft radars cannot detect them effectively.

Right now in Syria the F-22 is the undisputed king of the air. Despite Russia's claims about the S-300, 400, 500 systems, no one has seen them in action nor have their anti-stealth detection capabilities been confirmed.

Looking to the future, the DoD, through DARPA and the various branches, are increasing funding for hypersonic programs and testing has been conducting with increasing frequency in the last ten years.

Not sure what you're talking about with Wall Street, because the USAF and Navy (the sources of U.S. air power) do not build their own equipment, and rely on contracts to develop and produce everything from boosters, to radar, aircraft, phalanx systems. The military-industrial complex is far more profitable if the U.S. continues fighting, continues winning, and the government continues pouring money into cutting edge technologies that retain the U.S.'s global position. They are smart people, and what you think needs to be fixed is probably not broken. That being said, constant review and reform and good things.

on Jul 7, 2017

E. Wolkerstorfer is a non-American with a clear agenda. Do not reply to his comments.
When in doubt, look at previous comments from the same account.

on Jul 7, 2017

No kidding that guy is obviously oblivious.

on Jul 7, 2017

Not one thing you posted on this page is true. You obviously know nothing about any of those aircraft or about SAM or stealth technology. All the plane you just named can easily penetrate enemy air defenses and destroy them with little or no detection. If they can't penetrate enemy air defenses without being detected the government would not be spending billions on them.

on Jul 13, 2017

S400 and S500 are so overrated. Basic elementary school math can wipe them out. S400 has 8 missiles, send in 9 or more cruise missiles or drones and the S400 crew is having a real bad day.

on Jul 15, 2017

F-22s are apparently flying with impunity over Syria.

Can you prove that existing S400 systems over there present any risk to our planes? Didn't think so. Just because Russians spread propaganda that their stuff is top notch does not make it so.

By the way, what city and country do you reside in?

on Jul 21, 2017

Infrared sensor does not blow stealth into oblivion. To begin with most stealth aircraft have IR reduction measures in one way or another


Secondly, Infrared sensor still cannot provide range to target, calculate target velocity and altitude almost instantaneously like a radar can


on Jul 23, 2017

Did you listen to the podcast dumbo?? Stealth is not dead, they specifically said that stealth aircraft will ALWAYS be detected in shorter ranges then non stealthy aircraft. That's why next generation of US air power from B-21 to new Penetrating counter air platform will change the paradigm, weather with speed or with some other means to counter advances in counter stealth technology. Do you really think that stealth technology isn't advancing together with radar and IRST? Take a seat Russian troll.

on Jul 7, 2017

I would like to hear a discussion about the asteroid detection satellite that the B620 Foundation tried to build. It was suppose to see asteroids that come towards Earth though Earth's blind spot facing the sun. How can we spend money on so many projects and ignore this danger?

"Nasa pulls the plug on killer asteroid hunter: Sentinel mission set up to search for dangerous space rocks loses $30 million support

on Jul 17, 2017

This Dan mixes the adjectives used for frequencies with those used for wavelength several times. At least once it seems that he obviously get the physics completely wrong due to this. -- He has an impressive tonality, but just can't trust what he is saying. It doesn't make sense with regards to physics, solid phase chemistry of sensors and what would be straight forward handling of sensor data.

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