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China's new naval radar can monitor areas size of India: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

has developed an advanced compact size maritime which can maintain constant over an area of the size of India, media reported Wednesday.

The domestically-developed system will enable the to fully monitor China's seas and spot incoming threats from enemy ships, aircraft and missiles much earlier than the existing technology, the Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported, quoting the who took part in China's Over-the-Horizon (OTH) programme.

Liu Yongtan, an academician of the (CAS) and the (CAE) from the Harbin Institute of Technology, is credited to have upgraded the China's and developing an advanced compact size radar for the PLA Navy's to "maintain constant over an area the size of India," reported.

conferred the country's top science award, carrying a prize money of USD 1.116 million, to Liu and another military scientist, at an event in the of the People in on Tuesday for their contributions.

Qian was felicitated for setting up the theoretical system for China's modern defence engineering and contributions in creating underground nuclear shelter facilities, the state-run agency reported.

According to Liu, the ship-based OTH radar had greatly increased the range of area that the Peoples' (PLA) could monitor.

"Relying on traditional technologies, our and monitoring could only cover about 20 per cent of our maritime territory. With the new system, we can cover the whole area," he said.

A senior member of Liu's team told that the new system would be a ship-based OTH radar system.

The floating radar "will increase our navy's information gathering capabilities in critical areas" including the Sea, and Pacific Ocean, he was quoted as saying in

China is not the only nation developing the technology. A major US defence contractor, Raytheon, was granted a patent in 2016 for a similar system.

The design involves a transmitting vessel and several receiving ships with antennae mounted on the deck.

Radio waves are directed into the sky by the transmitter to be collected by the receiving ships, which then pass on the signals to aircraft carriers via satellite or airborne relays.

According to a recent report China had built an antenna five times the size of

Chinese military, which now has over USD 175 billion annual defence budget, is focussing on developing to compete with US for global strategic influence.

China is investing heavily specially in development of the to extend its influence beyond to shores. China has developed two aircraft carriers with third in the pipeline.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:10 IST