China builds its first unbreakable, stealth-defending quantum radar

The radar was tested in mid-August, Russia Today quoted Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency as saying. 

Updated: Sep 09, 2016, 20:01 PM IST
China builds its first unbreakable, stealth-defending quantum radar

New Delhi: After introducing the world with hack-free satellites, China has successfully launched its first next-generation quantum radar with an ability to detect stealth aircraft within a range of 100 kilometers, according to Chinese newspaper Xinhua.

This landmark technology was developed by the Intelligent Perception Technology Laboratory of the 14th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), which is a basically a team of researchers, industries and the former Chinese ministry of Information Industry.

The radar was tested in mid-August, Russia Today quoted Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency as saying.

The system was able to detect a target at a range of 100 kms in a real-world environment, the report said. The device employs single photon detection technology. Quantum radar is a device that uses quantum entanglement photons to provide better detection capabilities than conventional radar systems.

The method would be useful for tracking targets with a low radar cross section, such as modern aircraft using stealth technology or targets employing active countermeasures to jam or baffle enemy radar, it said.

The technology may also find use in bio-medicine, since quantum radar requires lower energy and can be used to non-invasively probe for objects with low reflectivity, such as cancer cells. Earlier, China launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite, which uses quantum entanglement for cryptography.

(With PTI inputs)