Science: Counter-measures

When a modern bomber strikes into hostile air, it will carry few guns or defensive rockets—perhaps none. Its best defense against missiles and interceptors will be the countermeasures expert, who does his fighting with electronic bullets. In Aviation Week, Philip J. Klass tells a small part of the large, top-secret story of electronic countermeasures.

The simplest countermeasure, says Klass, is radio jamming that drowns out enemy radar or communications by brute electronic force. This sort of thing is now considered as crude as bayonet fighting. The modern objective is to blind the enemy, make...

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