We have airplanes that are invisible to radar
, why don't we have better radar
I grew up thinking that that funny aluminum
ball, when properly deployed, would make me seen. However, it would seem to be the general consensus these days is that these prove to be at best marginally effective in most circumstances. Or maybe I have it wrong?
I seem to remember a mast
mounted type that had three separate right-angle-return balls contained within a plastic fairing but it's been awhile and I am not sure how much more effective they were.
So what gives? I think it's great to see technology provide solutions like AIS
, but transponders don't come cheap
and they don't work when there is no power. Where is the low tech solution that always works? Where's the radar-reflective paint
for your mast