RCS of Typical Radar Targets |
NOTE: Radar Cross Section varies widely according to which wavelength the target is being painted with. Most publicly released figures are in X-Band.
Insect (typical)
RCS (Generalized): 0.00001 m2 (-50 dBsm)
Artillery Shell
RCS (Generalized): 0.0001 m2 (-40 dBsm)
F-22A Raptor
RCS (Generalized): 0.00018 m2 (-37.45 dBsm)
Notes: Based off public USAF news release that states the F-22A's RCS is “about that of a marble”. This assumes that the “marble” refers to an average glass marble between the two most common sizes (14.4mm and 16mm in diameter).
F-35A Lightning II
RCS (Generalized): 0.00143 m2 (-28.45 dBsm)
Note: Based off public USAF news release that puts it's RCS as “about that of a golf ball”; and assuming that the “golf ball” refers to the standard golf ball with a 1.68” (4.2672 cm) diameter.
Pigeon (or small birds)
RCS (Generalized): 0.008 m2 (-20.97 dBsm)
Large Bird (Crow, Seagull, or Vulture) / Mortar Bomb
RCS (Generalized): 0.01 m2 (-20 dBsm)
F-117A Nighthawk
RCS (Generalized): 0.001 to 0.01 m2 (-30 to -20 dBsm)
227mm MRLS Rocket
RCS (Generalized): 0.018 m2 (-17.45 dBsm)
B-1B Lancer
RCS (Frontal): 1 m2 (0 dBsm)
F-4 Phantom II
RCS (Frontal): 6 m2 (7.78 dBsm)
B-1A Excalibur
RCS (Frontal): 10 m2 (10 dBsm)
RCS (Frontal): 10
m2 (10 dBsm)
RCS
(Sides): 100 m2 (20 dBsM)
RCS
(Rear): 10 m2 (10 dBsM)
Note: RCS Polar Graph and data are from Aerospaceweb.org
Tank
RCS (Frontal): 6 to 9 m2 (7.78.to 9.54 dBsM)
Truck
RCS (Frontal): 6 to 10 m2 (7.78.to 10 dBsM)
RCS (Frontal): 40 m2 (16.02
dBsm)
RCS (Sides): 100,000+ m2 (50 dBsM)
RCS (Rear):
600+ m2 (27.28 dBsM)
Notes: Production B-70As would have had RCS shaping in their inlets to reduce their frontal RCS from 1,000 m2 to a mere 40 m2.
B-52 Stratofortress
RCS (Frontal): 100 m2 (20 dBsm)