APPLICATION OF SUPERLUMINAL RADAR TO MAINTAIN AIR SUPERIORITY IN 2035
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Keeping the first look, first shot, first kill advantage is essential to maintaining Air Superiority into 2035. Although our adversaries seek to deny us that advantage, this paper shows how a newly realized aspect of physics can allow us to keep the scales balanced in our favor. Physicist James Clerk Maxwell showed that electromagnetic radiation may be created by establishing either a free current or a displacement current in a medium. Since the first application of his theory, we have only exploited the former method to create practical radar systems. We do this by creating a free current in a radar antenna to broadcast electromagnetic radiation toward a target, and then examine the reflections of the radiation from the target. Because of the laws of physics, the energy directed at the target spreads three-dimensionally on its way to the target and back. An adversary aircraft can exploit this spreading loss by transmitting a jamming signal that only spreads over half the distance, since the jamming signal doesnt need to return to the enemy aircraft. This gives the adversary a fundamental power advantage over the friendly fighter. However, recent research shows that by creating an accelerating superluminal polarization current in an antenna, we can create a new class of electromagnetic wave front that spreads two dimensionally toward the target. This results inmore than a one-power increase in burn-through range against a jamming target. Beyond the application for defeating radar jamming, this paper also briefly describes several other applications that individually could be the focus of separate studies, including electronic attack, electronic protection, efficient communications, secure communications, and directed energy weapons.
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