Quantum radar seeks to use accelerated electrons to detect and track stealth aircraft like B-2 and F-35

Sept. 8, 2021
The scope of the new Chinese project is not truly known, and Chinese Communist Party propaganda cannot be ruled out.

HONG KONG – Chinese researchers say they are developing quantum radar that could detect stealth aircraft by creating a small electromagnetic storm. Asia Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 Sept. 2021 -- This isn’t the first time researchers from China have made big claims about a functional quantum radar, and many experts from other countries contest the very feasibility of such devices.

Conventional radars have a fixed or rotating dish, but the quantum radar design more closely resembles a gun, and accelerates electrons nearly to the speed of light.

Once they pass through a winding tube exposed to strong magnetic fields, the electrons could generate a vortex of microwaves that swirl forward like a horizontal tornado. The novel quantum radar system would outclass any radar system of the past, but that’s still a big if. Still, the potential benefits are worth the hard work. If the system really works, it could become a significant advantage.

Related: Researchers demonstrate quantum radar, which promises to produce a detailed image with stealth operation

Related: Israel ramps-up quantum computing research for tracking stealth aircraft to anti-submarine warfare (ASW)

Related: The U.S and China are in a quantum physics arms race that will transform warfare

John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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