A top Chinese military technology company has announced the creation of a new form of radar capable to detect stealth planes at a distance up to 100 km away.
This week, physicists all over the world were shocked by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), a top Chinese military technology company that announced the creation of a new form of radar capable to detect stealth planes at a distance up to 100 km away.
A ghostly phenomenon, known as quantum entanglement, which Albert Einstein dubbed ‘spooky action at a distance’ has become the basis for the new equipment.
According to CETC, targets 100 km away had been detected by the new radar system’s entangled photons in a recent field test. That’s five times more than the ‘potential range’ of a laboratory prototype, developed by researchers from the US, Canada, the UK and Germany last year.
Nanjing University physicist, Professor Ma Xiaosong, who has studied the quantum radar, said that he had “not seen anything like this in an open report”. According to the expert, the actual range of the new radar could be even greater than it was announced by CETC.
“The figure in declassified documents is usually a tuned-down version of the real [performance],” he said. “The announcement has gone viral [in the radar research community].”
According to CETC, the quantum radar’s advantage was not limited to the detection of stealth planes. As the statement on the official website of the company read, a “completely new area of research” had been opened by the field test, as well as potential for the development of highly mobile and sensitive radar systems capable to survive the most challenging combat engagements had been discovered.
The developer also noted that quantum radar systems could be very small and would be capable to evade enemy countermeasures such as anti-radar missiles because the ghostly quantum entanglement could not be traced.
Reportedly, the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has funded similar researches, and quantum radar systems for combat purposes are also being developed by US military suppliers, such as Lockheed Martin. But the progress of these military projects is still unknown.