Two US F-117 stealth aircraft were brought to an airbase in California to serve as targets for air combat training for F-15 fighters.
Two F-117 aircraft on September 13 arrived at the 44th Fighter Wing Airbase in California to prepare to participate in air combat training with the unit’s F-15C/D fighters in the coming days. At least one of the two F-117s was not fitted with a radar reflector, which reduces the aircraft’s stealth.
The F-117 stealth aircraft has for many years played the role of a target with a small radar cross-section to serve the US Air Force training, as potential adversaries such as Russia and China increasingly widely apply stealth technology. Figure.
The F-15 fighters of the 144th Air Wing whose main task is air-to-air combat, are equipped with an active electronically scanned array radar, which can detect targets with a small radar cross-section such as the F-117 or the F-117. low-flying cruise missiles. The US Air Force also owns a Sniper sensor system that helps identify and track these targets for remote response.
F-117 has been in service with the US Air Force since October 1983 and was retired and put into storage in April 2008. Since then, this aircraft model is often used as a “shooting target” for American fighters.
The F-117 is considered a unique opponent role model, helping pilots improve their ability to fight against difficult-to-detect targets. The stealth aircraft also participated in other tests and developments related to radar cross-section.
Nguyen Tien (Follow Drive)