“Pave Claw” long-range early warning radar collects Chinese missile data – Teller Report

China is conducting large-scale military exercises around Taiwan, and the Hsinchu Leshan long-range early warning radar will play an important role in defense. (Composite image/Youth Daily, CCTV)

From 12:00 on August 4th to 12:00 on the 7th, the Eastern China Theater will conduct live-fire military exercises in 6 sea areas and airspaces in the northeast, northwest, east, southwest, and southeast of Taiwan. The area of ​​​​crisis needs to be expanded, and it is only 20 kilometers away from Kaohsiung. According to external assessments, the military strength of the People’s Liberation Army is not what it used to be. The various types of short-to-medium-range and intercontinental missiles of the Dongfeng series and the Changjian cruise missiles that can be used by the Chinese Rocket Force are already powerful. It is pointed out that this military exercise will definitely be more severe and oppressive than the 96 Taiwan Strait missile crisis; in contrast, our Hsinchu Leshan long-range early warning radar was constructed and completed in March 2012, and its detection and search range is in addition to the air. The cruise missiles launched along the coast of the mainland are also capable of detection, so the long-range early warning radar will play an important role in the detection of the Chinese military exercise.

The People’s Liberation Army relies on US satellites to suffer from the development of Beidou satellites to shoot more accurately

During the 1996 Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis, although the PLA had Dongfeng series ballistic missiles, it launched multiple Dongfeng-15 short-range missiles at the surrounding area of ​​Taiwan. The USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Aegis ( The ship was decommissioned in 2019), and successively detected and recorded four PLA ballistic missiles. The Changbai mobile phased radar and many other radars just developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences also detected the position of the ballistic missiles that fell off the coast of Keelung. At that time, the PLA ballistic missiles used American GPS satellites to navigate, and suffered a big loss.

According to the research and development project of the ship-borne phasing radar (China Aegis) of the 052C guided missile destroyer, the engineers of the 14th Institute of Nanjing Electronics Department published the “story behind the 052C ship-borne phasing radar” published overseas in early 2016. In order to combat the arrogance of Taiwan independence, my country launched four missiles into the waters near Taiwan. As a result, two of them hit the designated waters, but the two hit nowhere. In July, we designers of phase-line radars He was called to the Changying Tower in Beijing to give a lecture, saying that although the two missiles were gone, luckily they did not hit the high seas, otherwise there would be a major international dispute.”

During the 1996 Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis, the American cruiser “Bunker Mountain” Aegis in the waters near Taiwan detected the flight traces of four PLA ballistic missiles. (taken from Facebook USS Bunker Hill)

Afterwards, documents showed that because the PLA’s ballistic missiles used American GPS devices, and as a result, after the United States turned off the GPS satellites near Taiwan, there was no long-distance radar to track, so the PLA could not find the landing site of the missiles, and China decided to do so. Develop the Beidou series of satellites. After more than 20 years of hard work, China has built the Beidou series of navigation satellites that are more advanced than GPS. At present, the PLA Dongfeng series of tactical and strategic missiles, as well as the Changjian series of cruise missiles are all under the navigation of Beidou satellites, with more accurate strike energy.

China develops Beidou satellites, and various types of tactical and strategic missiles of the PLA Dongfeng series have more precise strike energy. (taken from Weibo)

Dongfeng 16 and Changjian 10 cruise missiles are the main force, and Dongfeng 17 is temporarily frozen

It is understood that this time China’s military exercise in the surrounding areas of Taiwan, the outside world generally speculates that it will not use the Dongfeng-5, Dongfeng-31, Dongfeng-41 strategic intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the Julang-2 submarine-launched missile that is still being tested Intercontinental ballistic missiles may be selected from short- and medium-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles of the Longjian series. Among the ballistic missiles launched by the PLA in live-fire exercises in recent years, the possible options include the Dongfeng-15 series of Type 4 short-range missiles, and It will gradually replace the Dongfeng-16 intermediate-range ballistic missile of the Dongfeng-15 series; as for the Dongfeng-17 hypersonic ballistic missile (DF-17) with initial combat capability, it may not be an option for this use.

This military exercise may use Dongfeng-16 intermediate-range ballistic missiles. (taken from the World Wide Web)

In addition, the PLA developed the Changjian-10 cruise missile with a range of more than 1,500 kilometers in order to implement “anti-access/area denial” against the U.S. military in the Taiwan Strait conflict. This type of cruise missile has developed land-launched, ship-launched and air-launched. Type 3. In the long-distance training of the PLA, it can be seen that the H-6 bomber is equipped with the Changjian cruise missile for training, which is also one of the options.

China’s research and development of the Changjian-10 cruise missile with a range of more than 1,500 kilometers is also the focus of the military exercise. (flip the network)

Taiwan relies on detection and search to passively defend Leshan’s long-range early warning radar.

China’s military exercise around Taiwan this time has many options for ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, including land-launched, ship-launched and air-launched. On the other hand, we are passively on the defensive and rely entirely on detection and search systems and equipment. In addition to the radar stations and electronic detection equipment all over the island, the more important thing is the “PAVE PAWS” long-range early warning radar (PAVE PAWS) in Leshan, Hsinchu, which was completed in March 2012 and officially launched in February 2013. This type of radar In addition to long-range missile detection and early warning, which is provided to Aisan air defense missiles for anti-missile interception, its functions can be enhanced to monitor long- and short-range tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aerial targets. Because it is deployed on Leshan, the radar can also look down. Surface targets along the southeastern coast of China.

Hsinchu Leshan long-range pre-radar. (provided by the reader)

It is pointed out that since the long-range early warning radar has two sides and its angle covers the area from North Korea to the South China Sea, the radar in the north or the south is usually turned on according to the needs and tasks. Ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, or cruise missiles launched from naval ships and bombers in the air, so from the beginning of the military exercise, both radars will be turned on at the same time to conduct 24-hour reconnaissance and search for military activities on the other side. Both the system and the Navy’s joint system have entered into enhanced detection, and the electronic exhibition room has strengthened the detection and analysis of telecommunications.

The retired general said that because of this live-fire military exercise around Taiwan, it was an exercise conducted by Chinese President Xi Jinping before his re-election in the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. There is internal pressure to respond to the United States, so the intensity of the military exercise will definitely exceed the 96 Taiwan Strait missile crisis. In terms of military, it is also a cross-strait spear and shield to demonstrate and verify whether its performance meets its needs.

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