Military Wednesday - RCS Test Ranges

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Military Wednesday - RCS Test Ranges

Wednesday, Sep 1 2010 by kjfitz
Radar cross section (RCS) is a measure of how detectable an object is with a radar. A larger RCS indicates that an object is more easily detected. Measurement of a target's RCS is performed at a radar reflectivity range or scattering range. On an outdoor range the target is positioned on a specially shaped low RCS pylon some distance down-range from the transmitters. Such a range eliminates the need for placing radar absorbers behind the target, however multi-path interactions with the ground must be mitigated.

Here are a few of the larger RCSs in the VGT database: