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.