This article, which was spotted on RT by Mr. B., caught my eye this week, for a number of reasons we'll get to momentarily. But without further ado, China, according to RT, now claims it has developed a "quantum radar" which can detect stealthy aircraft at a range of 100 kilmometers, or about 60 miles:
The article then "explains" the new technology as follows:
Quantum radar is a device that uses quantum entanglement photons to provide better detection capabilities than conventional radar systems. The method would be useful for tracking targets with a low radar cross section, such as modern aircraft using stealth technology or targets employing active countermeasures to jam or baffle enemy radar.
Now, these claims caught my attention for a number of reasons. First, it would seem rather obvious that the announcement is a message: "We have a radar than can defeat your stealth aircraft," with the "your" here clearly being a reference to the USA. But then the reported range for this radar, a mere 60 miles, would make it's capabilities almost operationally uselesss, since the B-1 bomber would close any 60 miles rather quickly, and hence limit operational response. Add to this the fact that it is capable of launched cruise missiles against a target from several hundred miles, and you get the idea. So the possibility emerges that the range has been deliberately understated.
But there's a bigger problem here. Recall that during the Kosovo bombing campaign in the 1990s, there were stories that the Serbs had learned how to defeat stealth rather simply through radar interferometry and other means. At the time, the western lamestream media rejected the idea, but I was personally more receptive to the idea.
Here's why: Most people tend to think of radar as a "bounce," i.e., a radio wave hits a metallic object, and then "bounces" off of that object, and this bounced or reflected signal is then picked up by the receiver, amplified, and the time of the bounce is calculated to reveal the distance to the object. Simple enough. And the reason stealth works is because of all those special radar signal absorbing materials and the strange angles and shapes of the aircraft, such as the F117, itself, designed to reflect or "bounce" signals in every direction except back to the transmitter.
However, radar really is a secondary transmitter effect, i.e., the radar signal stimulates an electrical current in the object, and the object itself becomes a secondary transmitter, emitting its own radio waves in resonance with the incoming signal, and it is this which is picked up by the radar antenna and amplified. Thus, it's more of a secondary transmitter-resonance effect than a simple "bounce." What this means, in terms of stealth, is something rather significant: if one knows the resonance of the object - stealthy or not - one will be able to tailor the incoming signal, and hence the secondary transmitted resonance effect, accordingly. And this means that any old radar equipment could conceivably do this.
So what's really going on with the Chinese announcement? Well, if true, then I strongly suspect that the reported range is vastly understated, and secondly, I suspect they have found a way to utilize entanglement to quickly ascertain the resonance of the radar-painted object and in turn, to quickly calculate range, altitude, speed, and bearing.
An investment of millions, to offset and overcome an investment of billions...
But this also implies, if you've been following the reasoning, that genuine stealthy properties rely on the same phenomena... and perhaps that's why we seen so much in the news in recent years about "temporal cloaking" and so on. There may be much more to stealth, in other words, than we've been told.
See you on the flip side...