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Radar cross section (Sfrwbrrr)

Definition
The area of a fictitious, perfect reflector of electromagnetic waves (e.g., metal sphere) that would reflect the same amount of energy back to the radar as the actual target (e.g., lumpy snowflake). (Source: www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/append/glossary_r.htm)
Use For
Echo area
Broader Term
Radar reflection (Sfrwbrr)