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- Aug 13, 2007
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Everyone knows I am just an enthusiast here. That said, why are we keeping the nighthawks flying when there are better options for "stealth" platforms to train against? What happened to the Boeing and NG drones, for example? If they are just keeping - I am guessing - 3 or 4 nighthawks flying, isn't it more costly than the drones we had built and flown?
This. I think the sheer number of aircraft in mothballs mean that it's a cheap off the shelf solution as a low RCS target, and a manned pilot offers more on the fly flexibility than a drone.It also likely helps that there is a sizable fleet of mothballed aircraft to cannibalize for parts to keep the few current F-117s flying.
I didn’t know the Rafale used radar absorbing coatings wholesale, I thought it was just in certain areas?
It's possible, but I don't think so. One of the advantages of flying the old 117 is that no new sensitive technology is exposed.
Then in many theaters 1980s tech is still relevant (Iran for example).
Other less sensitive coatings are available and would be IMOHO prime candidates. The one used on the SH/Rafale for example might prove efficient with the finely tuned shapes of the Goblin.