State-owned electronics and radar systems developer China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has completed development of an updated variant of its S-band phased array SLC-2 weapon locating radar (WLR) system and is in advanced discussions with a number of potential export customers in the Asia Pacific, Central Asia, and the Middle East, Jane's sources have revealed.
The latest SLC-2E system, developed by CETC’s Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) business unit, is described by the company as a long-range multifunction WLR system. In contrast to the original model, the 2E variant is not only designed to support counter-battery missions against hostile artillery, rockets, and surface-to-surface missile systems, but also detect airborne threats with a dedicated air defence mode.
A complete SLC-2E system comprises a control cabin with associated processing equipment, on-board power supply, and the radar transmitter. A prototype based on a 6×6 Beiben truck chassis was earlier unveiled at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition.
According to specifications provided by CETC, the SLC-2E system employs solid state, fully digital, active phased array technology that is capable of detecting inbound 155 mm calibre artillery rounds and 300 mm calibre rockets at distances in excess of 50 km and 90 km respectively.
This represents a performance increase in terms of stated detection range of 42% for artillery rounds and 80% for rockets over the earlier model.
In counter-battery mode, the SLC-2E system adopts a fixed position facing the direction of the threat with the antenna mechanically elevated from 0° to 90°. The radar is capable of electronically scanning a space that is +/- 45° in azimuth and 35° in elevation. The company claims that up to 10 targets can be located and tracked simultaneously.
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