From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
- Anti-air warfare : In the context of naval warfare, the mission of defending against aircraft and missiles, from platforms under naval command and control, possibly in coordination with other services and possibly defending land as well as sea areas.
- Electronic warfare : A subset of information operations that deals with the use of electromagnetic or kinetic means to degrade an enemy's military electronics systems, to be able to operate one's own electronics in the face of enemy attacks, and to evade those attacks through protection or deception
- Radar : (acronym for "radio detection and ranging") A technique used for detecting and tracking targets, navigation, imagery, and special applications.
- Diffraction : A physical phenomenon that causes waves to bend around corners
- Reflection : Please do not use this term in your topic list, because there is no single article for it. Please substitute a more precise term. See Reflection (disambiguation) for a list of available, more precise, topics. Please add a new usage if needed.
- Absorption : An identity linking a pair of binary operations.
- Low probability of intercept : A set of techniques to minimize the probability of hostile interception of a radio or radar signal
- Electro-optical tracking : The use of electronics, possibly in combination with mechanical positioning systems, to aim an optical system at a source of infrared, visible, or ultraviolet light, and follow it for purposes of observation or weapons guidance
- Infrared guidance : Missile or other guidance that locks onto an infrared energy source, and adjusts its flight controls to keep the source in the center of its course
- B-1 Lancer : A U.S. supersonic-capable heavy bomber, with reduced observability but not the full stealth of the B-2 Spirit, which is limited to non-nuclear missions by strategic arms control agreements
- B-2 Spirit (bomber) : U.S. long-range, low-observability "stealth" heavy bomber
- Burke-class : Large U.S. Navy multirole destroyers equipped with AEGIS battle management system and constant upgrades; Japan has Kongo-class clones, also being upgraded to ballistic missile defense; South Korea has the KDK-class
- F-117 Nighthawk : Although it has a fighter designation, actually the first operational stealth light bomber of the U.S. Air Force
- F-117 : The first operational stealth (i.e., low observability) attack aircraft, flown by the U.S. Air Force and beginning to go into retirement in favor of the F-22 Raptor and B-2 Spirit
- F-22 Raptor : A "fifth generation" fighter, with stealth, supercruise, extreme maneuverability, and an extremely high price tag that caused its production to be stopped in favor of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
- F-35B Lightning II : Short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, to be used on small carriers (i.e., without catapults and from minimal forward airfields
- F-35C Lightning II : U.S. Navy version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, intended for carrier operations
- MQ-3 Dark Star : A unmanned aerial vehicle of intercontinental range, long endurance and full stealth, which could carry a variety of intelligence sensors; cancelled in favor of the cheaper MQ-4 Global Hawk
- SR-71 Blackbird : An advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works.
- Zumwalt-class : An experimental class of very large (14,000 ton) U.S. destroyers, production of which has been capped, optimized for land attack, stealth, and small crew size; funding reallocated to additional improved Burke-class
Sensors and counter-sensors
- Bistatic : A detection system which comprises a transmitter and receiver which are separated by a distance that is comparable to the expected target distance.
- Infrared countermeasures : Equipment and flying techniques that can break the lock of a heat-seeking missile on a target aircraft.
- Measurement and signature intelligence : A variety of intelligence gathering disciplines complementary to the technical "mainstream" of imagery intelligence and signals intelligence.
- Multistatic : Radar, sonar, or other echolocation systems with more than two transmitting and two receiving antennas; fault-tolerant and resistant to stealth and electronic warfare
Operations involving stealth
- Operation JUST CAUSE : 1989 brief U.S. invasion of Panama to remove the government of Manuel Noriega; this is the public "code name" — the actual classified name for planning was BLUE SPOON
- Kosovo Conflict : Add brief definition or description
- Iraq War : Invasion of Iraq by a coalition of countries, led by the United States, in 2003, and subsequent occupation
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Operation DESERT STORM : That part of the Gulf War, beginning with the first air strikes at 02:00 local time, 17 January 1991, until the main ground assault into Kuwait, Operation DESERT SABRE
- AGM-86 ALCM : A long-range cruise missile that can be delivered anywhere in the world from U.S. bases, employing blast or precision penetrating warheads
- ALQ-214 : An advanced electronic warfare system featuring distributed computer processing both on a tactical aircraft and in towed pods
- APQ-164 : Multifunction radar for the U.S. B-1 Lancer "Bone" bomber
- APQ-181 : Emphasing low probability of intercept, the active radar on the stealthy, radar-evading B-2 Spirit bomber
- Anti-shipping missile : An air, surface (sea or land), or submarine-launched missile that can track and intercept a maneuvering ship target against the background of moving water