James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Jan 12 18:28:50 UTC 2002
In a message dated 01/11/2002 12:50:12 PM Eastern Standard Time,
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET writes:
> LOW SIGNATURE
> Used on tonight's NIGHTLINE. Our presence in Afghanistan was intended
> be "low signature." A Google check shows a lot of military hits, such as
> the LSV--Low Signature Vehicle.
> Is there an opposite for "low signature," perhaps something other than
> "high signature"? Does John Hancock come into play here?
> Don't know about an opposite, but given the military hits for this, the
> usage seems an extension of the use of signature in "radar signature", the
> appearance that an aircraft makes on a radar screen. I believe stealth
> aircraft are said to have a low radar signature.
not an "extension". "signature" refers to any electromagnetic signal (or
possibly sonic, olfactory, etc. signal) that can give away something's
location. A radar signature is only part of the total signature of a
vehicle, headquarters, etc.
At least in air traffic control, it is a "radar display" not a "radar
screen". Calling it anything other than a "display" is a giveaway that
you're an outsider.
Yes, by definition, "stealth" = "low radar signature"
- Jim Landau
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