China has developed a meter wave anti-stealth radar it says can be used to spot enemy stealth aircraft and even guide Chinese missiles toward them, China’s Global Times has reported.

Speaking to the newspaper, Wu Jiangqi, a senior defence scientist at China Electronics Technology Group, a state-owned electronics giant which creates of a variety of applications for civilian and military use, including radars, said that meter wave radar “can fulfill the requirement” of detecting enemy stealth systems with high precision “as long as they are designed to serve this purpose.”

The new radar, which can be deployed across a range of platforms, from vehicles to warships, as well as stationary installations, is said to be designed to hone in on stealth aircraft, which are designed to be ‘invisible’ to microwave radar, by using meter wave radar.

Wu’s team is said to have solved the fundamental problem of low resolution and accuracy of meter wave systems by creating a ‘meter wave sparse array synthetic impulse and aperture radar’, which monitors the skies consistently, processing pings from an array of transmitting and receiving antennas reaching dozens of meters into the air.

According to Wu, his team’s anti-stealth radar is unmatched in its capabilities. “As for now, I do not see a meter wave air defence radar from abroad that can match the criteria of the advanced meter wave radar [like the one China has],” he said.

Commenting on the report, National Interest, a prominent US publication specialising in defence issues, said questions remain regarding the effectiveness of the new Chinese anti-stealth radar system, noting that Chinese engineers have not specified how susceptibility to jamming or spoofing, along with its potential vulnerability to enemy missiles is dealt with.

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“In the end, the problem with evaluating anti-stealth is the same as evaluating stealth: we really won’t know how well any of this will work until it is used in combat,” contributor Michael Peck wrote.

Russian defence analysts have long said that Russia’s Podsolnukh (‘Sunflower’) radar is already capable of detecting and tracking the F-35 and other stealth aircraft, with the system having a reported ability to detect objects at sea and in the air at a distance of about 500 km, in the line of sight or over the horizon.

As of 2016, three Podsolnukh stations were in operation along Russia’s maritime borders: one in the Sea of Okhotsk, one in the Sea of Japan and one in the Caspian Sea, with the defence ministry reportedly planning to build and deploy more. An export version of the Podsolnukh has also been showcased at several international expos dedicated to maritime defence technology.

 

Source: Sputnik

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French Nostradamus radar could track B-2 over Yugoslavia 20 years ago… Nothing new. Knowing a stealth asset is somewhere has never been an issue, even the 1938 Brit Chain Home Radars would have seen F-35 as any radar under 3 GHz does. Being able to lock on target is something else, as is resisting jamming and other countermeasures. Once reduced radar cross section is mixed with such assets, well, even with non-stealth assets, it’s already pretty difficult to shoot down aircraft, especially since these use stand-off weapons… Stealth features make it even more difficult. And I’m of those considering F-35… Read more »

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Oh I’m sure they will overcome this minor problem sooner or later. With hypersonic missiles entering Russian and Chinese military arsenals it won’t be long until we see the combined benefits of both of these technologies utilised together to achieve a single outcome, destroying the credibility of a over bloated and greedy military industrial complex player.

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Awesome! So basically the F35 stealth claim is now null and void. Anyone want to buy a useless overpriced flying coffin now?

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It’s another Chinese lie, how a country that can’t still develope its own filters jets engine and buy them from Russia, can do such a thing, we will see,

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I doubt the Chinese can track stealth aircraft. The U.S. has led the world in this area and we cannot reliably track stealth planes. China is spending a great deal of time and money to build their own stealth planes. Why would they do that if stealth tech does not work? This is sounds like disinformation.