I was reading a news story today and was shocked at what they use for Chaff. Small bits of aluminum foil are sprayed out over a large area to confuse radar. The Australian military shot out a massive amount of chaff over Sydney to hide a training exercise from foreign Radar.
I would be greatly annoyed if chaff was deployed over any area where I detect.
If you checked the weather radars for Sydney yesterday you could have been forgiven for expecting a patch of heavy rain just north of the city. But if you poked your head out the window, it was nothing but blue skies.
All that action on the radar picture above is chaff, Sydney had clear skies on the day of the exercise.
What appeared to be an ominous storm cloud rolling across the weather radar was actually a military aircraft tactic used to hide activity and confuse the enemy.
Known as chaff, it’s a radar countermeasure in which aircraft or other military targets spread a cloud of small, thin pieces of aluminium, metallised glass fibre or plastic. The radar-jamming material either appears as a cluster of targets on radar screens or overwhelms the screen with hundreds of returns, or “false echoes”.
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