the biggest problem with this is that it still ignores one very important factor: scale.
I am not familiar with the related UK regulatory authority, but here in the States, the FCC's Part 15 limits the transmission power of non-licensed equipment to a maximum output of ten watts, and that particular limit is in the frequency band reserved for equipment to locate buried cables. The maximum output for unlicensed equipment in the microwave range (which is where radar operates) is limited to a field strength of (in the highest instance in the list, field disturbance detectors) to .5 volts/meter measured at a range of 3 meters. While I am not conversant with UK and EU regulations, I would be shocked to find that they allowed significantly more powerful equipment to be operated without licensed operators.
Military radar transmitters, on the other hand, measures their power output in megawatts for ground based units, and kilowatts for airborne systems.
Even if, by some freak chance, the police radar gun was outputting on a frequency and function which would be interpreted as a tracking signal by a Tornado's passive detection gear, that gear wouldn't even know the thing was there, and certainly would not have enough signal strength to lock on to source, unless the aircraft was in imminent danger of crashing into the policeman and his speedtrap.
The correct analogy here is not strobes vs lasers, it's laser strobes vs a static discharge collimated by means of two pairs of reading glasses.
Perhaps if there is a grain of truth to it it would be the SkyShadow pod putting out an active signal which could have confused the radar gun into shutting down without actually detecting it.
ShuRugal wrote:considering that anti-radiation missiles such as the HARM are stand-off offensive weapons designed to eliminated hostile radar emitters from outside of enemy AD range, if you're overyflying hostile territory with any quantity of them still on your rails, you're doing something seriously wrong.
Part of the SEAD mission is to react to radar detection. The ALARM does have a 100 km range, but it is equally suited to taking out SAM radars that are activated when the aircraft is much closer. Those missions often require hunting for enemy radars, which means getting close enough to wake them up to your presence. Clever SAM operators only switch their radars on when the target is visible.
Tornado's carry 2 or 3 ALARMs on that mission, and no other offensive weapon because they don't have enough capacity to do so.