Fiber Radio Optical ARCS
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It has been very interesting question that why does the F-22 or B-2 cost so damn much when other aircraft embodying similar equipments are behind by a staggering margin.
Obviously the question as of yet isn't answered, but yes, certain hints are available.
Fiber Radio Optical ARCS (Active Radar Cancellation System)
This is one suggested answer. I'm sorry no extensive details as of yet, but I will try and tip you off on this.
As is well evident, the Raptor sacrifices very less aerodynamics to Stealth. Though what is suggested, that apart from the Passive stealth features similar to that the F-117A possessed, this aircraft also uses an ARCS, similar in output to the Russian Plasma Stealth, but more advanced, reliable and costly.
When the microwaves from other radars fall on to the RAM coated surfaces of the Raptor, they are absorbed by the RAM. On being absorbed, they are channeled through the fiber optic cables and dissipated throughout the body of the aircraft and dispersed in form of heat. This provides extensive low observability. One disadvantage of the system maybe the cost involved in research and production as compared to the Russian Plasma Stealth system.
I will update this page when more information will be available.
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