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China’s CETC readies long-range air defence radars for export

06 November 2017

State-owned electronics and radar systems developer China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) is taking aim at Asia-Pacific and Middle East countries, which have traditionally relied on Western and Russian radars, with its latest long-range air surveillance and early warning systems, Jane’s sources have revealed.The SLC-7 L-band multifunction phased array radar is claimed to be capable of detecting low observable air threats at ranges of over 300 km. (Ling Hongyi)The SLC-7 L-band multifunction phased array radar is claimed to be capable of detecting low observable air threats at ranges of over 300 km. (Ling Hongyi)

CETC’s Nanjing Institute of Electronic Technology (NRIET) subsidiary has completed development of the indigenous road-mobile SLC-7 L-band multifunction phased array radar system. According to specifications provided by the company, the solid-state SLC-7 radar is capable of detecting a target with a radar cross section of 0.05 m 2 at ranges in excess of 450 km, with a claimed detection probability of 80%. Maximum detection altitude is being quoted as 30,000 m.

“The performance of the SLC-7 radar is even greater than that of the Great Pine system,” the source claimed, referring to the EL/M-2080S ‘Green Pine Block-B' phased-array search, acquisition, and fire-control radar developed by Israeli company Elta Systems.

According to CETC, the SLC-7 radar is also capable of detecting and tracking tactical ballistic missiles – with an RCS of 0.01 m 2 – at ranges in excess of 300 km, with a detection probability of 90%.

The SLC-7 radar also features a high level of mobility. A six-person crew can set up and tear down the radar within 15 minutes, enabling it to be swiftly relocated to address gaps in the early warning detection network or complement fixed arrays for increased tracking performance.

CETC has also completed development of its YLC-8B medium/high altitude long range 3D surveillance radar, which is road, rail, and sea transportable and requires less than 30 minutes for a six-person crew to set up and tear down.

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