New Chinese drone countermeasures unveiled at World Radar Expo in Nanjing
China has developed a series of drone countermeasures. Some of these new technologies are on display a radar show that took place in Nanjing. Cao Siqi and Liu Xuanzun in Nanjing report on Global Times.
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The S-band 3D TWA low-altitude surveillance radar developed by the No.38 Research Institute of CETC. (Picture source : CETC)
An anti-drone radar system, making its first public appearance at the expo, is the S-band 3D TWA low-altitude surveillance radar developed by the No.38 Research Institute of CETC. This radar system can simultaneously detect and track targets including low-flying cruise missiles, warplanes and small drones; it can provide information including distances, locations, heights, speeds and directions, CETC said in a statement sent to the Global Times. It will be deployed in key locations like cities, nuclear plants and military facilities, its developer said.
Developed by the No.14 Research Institute of the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), the YLC-48 portable multipurpose reconnaissance radar was one of the main systems exhibited last week at the 9th World Radar Expo in Nanjing. The YLC-48 is characterized by its small size, as it can be carried by a single soldier, making it very different from other radar systems of similar functionalities. And it's China's first portable phased array radar, the Global Times learned from the No.14 Research Institute.
Dubbed the "terminator of drones", this radar has a good ability to detect low-altitude, small and slow targets despite strong noise waves close to the ground. Detecting drones is difficult because of their small size and also because they often fly low. Noise waves from the ground often disrupt radar signals, said Zuo Qunsheng, chairman of China Radar Industry Association. "YCL-48 can effectively detect and track incoming targets from any angle", its developer said. According to a statement the No.14 Research Institute sent to the Global Times, the YLC-48 uses a large number of digital integrated circuits, and it can be mounted on all kinds of lightweight weapons platforms, can conduct missions under all-weather conditions, and can be rapidly deployed and withdrawn.
The No.14 Research Institute has also developed the AUDS high-mobile anti-drone system based on the YLC-48. This system can greatly enhance China's public safety and low-altitude security defense capabilities in sensitive regions, the institute said.
The S-band 3D TWA low-altitude surveillance radar developed by the No.38 Research Institute of CETC. (Picture source: CETC)