China has unveiled new advanced radars that can detect stealth aircraft, including drones, as well as low-flying cruise missiles as the country continues to aggressively improve its combat skills and tighten its military muscles in the face of rising tensions in the region.
One of the “star products” at the Nanjing exhibition, which ends on Saturday, is the country’s first multi-purpose portable radar that could be carried by a single soldier, according to the state-run Global Times.
The device is known as the “terminator of drones” because it can detect small and slow targets that mix under strong sound waves by flying close to the ground.
According to its developer, Research Institute No. 14 of the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), the so-called “YLC-48 radar” can “effectively detect and track incoming targets from every angle”.
The radar uses digital integrated circuits and can be mounted on all types of light weapon platforms, perform missions in all weather conditions and can be deployed and withdrawn quickly, the report said.
The institute has also reportedly developed an anti-UAV defense system (AUDS) for the radar, designed to improve the country’s defense capabilities “in sensitive areas”.
As the coronavirus pandemic raged across the world last year, tensions have also spread in the region over several issues where China has gotten into direct political clash with the United States.
Washington and Beijing remain at odds over China’s policies in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uyghurs in the northwestern Xinjiang region – issues that Beijing considers internal affairs.
Tracking of cruise missiles
China is also dismayed at the growing closeness between the US and Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a breakaway province.
Last year, China threatened “legitimate and necessary responses” after the US approved the sale of $ 1.8 billion in advanced weapons systems to Taiwan.
In the past few weeks, China has been conducting military exercises with its aircraft carrier in the waters near Taiwan. It was also accused of using its planes in Taiwan’s Air Defense Zone (ADIZ) almost every day.
In response, the US conducted several joint military exercises with China’s neighbors, including Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines, and sent its own fleet to conduct “freedom of navigation” voyages in the controversial South China Sea.
As tensions rise in the region, Beijing has also increased its military spending in recent years.
In 2019, China launched a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile that is believed to be able to break through any existing anti-missile shields used by the US and its allies.
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Last year it was reported that China was working to double its nuclear warheads.
China has also increased its use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as its anti-drone radar capabilities.
At the Nanjing exhibition, the S-Band 3D TWA, a low-altitude surveillance radar, is another anti-drone radar system that is being presented to the public for the first time.
According to the Global Times report, the new radar system can “detect and track targets such as low-flying cruise missiles, fighter jets and small drones at the same time.”
“It is used in key locations such as cities, nuclear power plants and military facilities,” the developer was quoted as saying in the report.
Hu Mingchun, director of the No. 14 Research Institute that developed the radars, said the new systems are necessary “to cope with small and slow targets at low altitude.”
A separate Global Times report on the exhibition said the new radar systems developed by China were “superior to their foreign counterparts.”
Other radars presented at the show include the YLC-8E, which can detect even “the most advanced stealth aircraft”, and the KLJ-7A, China’s first aerial radar, which is being offered for sale in other countries.