Message posted by The Agent on March 23, 2002 at 7:41:55 PST:
The stealth would not be there to stop the plane from getting shot down for that is close to impossible with a mach 5+ speed, it is to stop the enemy from knowing it is flying overhead. There are radars, such as the E-3 AWACS's radar that can scan from sea level to the upper stratosphere. For policital resons, you don't want other countries to know that the U.S. is spying on them with airplanes. That defeats the purpose of covert intell. One of the reasons why the U-2 was developed to fly so high was that the enemy radar could not see that high, and thus the enemy did not know the plane was overhead. The idea that the enemy could not shoot is down was a plus.
In Reply to: Re: But the performance specs... posted by Richard on March 23, 2002 at 1:37:55 PST: