China Can See Your F-22 or F-35 (As In They Claim They Can Track Stealth Fighters)

Michael Peck
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Starr)

Michael Peck

Technology, Asia

Is that even possible?

China Can See Your F-22 or F-35 (As In They Claim They Can Track Stealth Fighters)

Wu Jianqi, a senior scientist at the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, told Chinese media that his team has solved this dilemma.

China claims to have developed a special radar that can detect stealth aircraft.

In addition, it also functions as a fire control radar that can guide missiles toward stealthy jets like the F-35.

“Meter wave radar can be deployed on vehicles, on land and warships, creating a dense web that gives hostile stealth aircraft nowhere to hide,” said China’s Global Times.

Chinese scientists say they have solved a fundamental dilemma inherent to radar. High-frequency radars, such as microwave radars, emit a lot of short pulses that are good for guiding weapons to a target. Low-frequency radars, that emit waves that are meters long, are better for searching an area but aren’t precise enough for fire control (here’s a quick primer). That means high- and low-frequency radars tend to be paired for search and fire control.

(This first appeared in May 2019.)

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