A Chinese company is claiming to have developed a new type of radar that is capable of detecting and tracking stealth aircraft of the kind flown by the U.S. military.
The quantum radar was reportedly created by Intelligent Perception Technology, a branch of defence and electronics firm CETC.
They claim it is capable of detecting a target at a range of 60 miles and according to the Xinhua news agency, it was successfully tested last month.
It is believed the radar uses quantum entanglement photons, which means it has better detection capabilities than conventional systems.
This means it can more easily track modern aircraft that use stealth technology or baffle enemy radar.
The new technology also comes after China launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite, which uses quantum entanglement to solve codes. Source
Others are not so sure that China’s claim is real. As Popular Mechanics notes:
So did China really do it? A quantum radar system sounds staggeringly complicated. One Ars Technica writer has said he would be “very skeptical that this will ever see the light of day outside of the lab”. A physicist at China’s Nanjing University (coincidentally, where the 14th Institute is located) was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying “serious technical challenges had long confined quantum radar technology to the laboratory.”
There are more reasons to be skeptical. China’s Global Times newspaper, which ran the story, is a state media organization and arm of the Chinese government. It in turn sourced the story to the Mingpao Daily…which is also described by critics as an arm of the Chinese government. Of course, China wouldn’t actually show off this revolutionary military technology if it did work, so proof is not forthcoming. For now, it’s good to be skeptical.
PM also noted that in 2008 U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin secured a contract to develop a far more ambitious quantum radar system, but has gone silent about the project since. That could be an indication that the development project is now classified.