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)

T-33 Shooting Star

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


RCS (Frontal): 6 to 9 m2 (7.78.to 9.54 dBsM)


RCS (Frontal): 6 to 10 m2 (7.78.to 10 dBsM)

B-70A Valkyrie

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)