China has unveiled new advanced radars capable of detecting stealth aircraft, including drones, as well as low-altitude cruise missiles, as the country continues to aggressively boost its combat capabilities and demonstrate strength military in the face of emerging tensions in the region.
Among the “star products” of the Nanjing exhibition, which ends on Saturday, is the country’s first portable and versatile radar, which could be worn by a single soldier, according to state publication Global Times.
The equipment is nicknamed the “drone terminator” for its ability to detect small, slow targets that blend under strong waves of noise while flying close to the ground.
The so-called “YLC-48 radar” can “effectively detect and track incoming targets from any angle,” according to its developer, the No. 14 Research Institute of the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation. (CETC).
The radar uses digital integrated circuits and can be mounted on all kinds of small arms platforms, can conduct missions in all weather conditions, and can be quickly deployed and removed, the report says.
The institute is also said to have developed an anti-UAV defense system (AUDS) for radar, strengthening the country’s defense capabilities “in sensitive regions”.
As the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world over the past year, tensions have also developed in the region over multiple issues, where China has found itself in a direct trajectory of political collision with states. -United.
Washington and Beijing remain at odds over China’s policy in Hong Kong and its treatment of Uyghurs in its northwestern Xinjiang region – issues Beijing sees as internal affairs.
Cruise missile tracking
China is also bristling with the growing proximity between the United States and Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a renegade province.
Last year, China threatened to “make legitimate and necessary responses” after the United States approved the sale of $ 1.8 billion in advanced weapons systems to Taiwan.
In recent weeks, China has conducted military exercises involving its aircraft carrier in waters near Taiwan. He was also accused of deploying his planes in the Taiwan Air Defense Zone (ADIZ) on an almost daily basis.
In response, the United States has organized several joint military exercises with China’s neighbors, including Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and dispatched its own naval fleet to conduct “freedom of navigation” voyages in the Sea. Southern China disputed.
With growing tensions in the region, Beijing has also increased its military spending in recent years.
In 2019, China launched a new hypersonic nuclear ballistic missile believed to be capable of shattering all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the United States and its allies.
The 9th World Radar Expo is now underway in Nanjing, #Jiangsu Province. The advanced radar products on display show how far China has advanced in terms of the development of advanced technologies. #WhatsOnJS pic.twitter.com/LJ3e2rXmG7
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Last year, it was reported that China was working to double its nuclear warheads.
China has also stepped up its use of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as its anti-drone radar capabilities.
At the Nanjing Expo, another anti-drone radar system making its first public appearance is the S-Band 3D TWA, a low-altitude surveillance radar.
According to the Global Times report, the new radar system “can simultaneously detect and track targets, including low-altitude cruise missiles, fighter jets and small drones.”
“It will be deployed in key locations like cities, nuclear power plants and military installations,” the developer cited by the report said.
Hu Mingchun, director of the No. 14 Research Institute that developed the radars, said the new systems are needed “to deal with low-altitude, small and slow targets.”
A separate Global Times report on the exhibition said the new radar systems developed by China “are considered superior to their foreign counterparts.”
Other radar equipment unveiled at the exhibition are the YLC-8E, which could detect even “the most advanced stealth aircraft,” as well as the KLJ-7A, China’s first airborne radar available for sale in the United States. ‘other countries.