Pakistan is set to import one of China’s newest radar systems to boost its capacity to track and detect spying satellites, an edge its rival India has upheld for years.

The most-awaited aviation and aerospace exhibition of China in Zhuhai, also known as the Zhuhai Air Show, wrapped up last Sunday, where a long list of buzzworthy Chinese technologies was introduced to the international community. Among the interested clients of some of its latest sophisticated tech is Pakistan, particularly having to set its eyes on the ten-meter-tall SLC-18 radar.

The new radar system dubbed a “satellite killer,” is said to be “particularly successful in detecting and tracking multiple Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites in all conditions, including all-weather, all-time, multi-target, immense power, and extensive search areas,” according to Eurasian Times.

LEO satellites, typically placed 500 to 2,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, collect surveillance data frequently used for military intelligence. The technology has advanced steadily in recent years, becoming critical equipment for superpowers remotely spying on each other. One of the advantageous features of an LEO satellite is its ability to carry out 360-degree, all-factor reconnaissance hotspots, which China reportedly can monitor through its SLC-18. Emphasis on space target monitoring, with claims of high measurement accuracy.

Information on SLC-18 stated that this radar system, developed by Chinese state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), provides situational awareness against space targets. It is a P-band solid-state active phased array radar capable of identifying and measuring multiple objects while actively looking for and retrieving LEO satellite locations and other space targets from a distance and relaying data to the command center to help in decision-making.

Moreover, the system is also identified as “potentially the world’s first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar,” meaning it can operate at such a wide range.

According to some analysts, if Islamabad will indeed acquire such a cutting-edge system from Beijing, “the threat to the Indian security apparatus will be multi-faceted.” Among the challenges that New Delhi will face are issues with satellite- and missile-tracking and fortifying its communication. Not to mention that it would boost the capability of Pakistan in terms of tracking Indian and West-owned LEO satellites, to which Beijing will likely have access, as it will possibly also receive all the data collected by allied countries that operate SLC-18 radars.