A new claim by China that its new anti-stealth radars can detect the F-22 would make other countries' hoarding of F-22's deemed futile. That's billions of dollars spending down the drain.
China showed of two of its new anti-stealth radar technology at this month's Zhuhai Air Show. The JY-27A 3-D, a Very High Frequency (VHF) radar is a long-range surveillance radar. While the JY-26 Skywatcher-U covers a broader bandwidth which runs in both VHF and Ultra High Frequency bonds. Shephard Media
said, it has a range of 310 miles and can track up to 500 targets at once.
Photo by Shephard Media
According to Chinese media, these anti-stealth radars can detect F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lighting II. There were claims that when JY-26 Skywatcher-U was finishing up its development in Shandong, it was able to track a US F-22 Raptors flying over South Korea.
The new claim by China will now debunk the insusceptibility of F-22s. According to a report by Daily Mail last April, "The F-22s are almost impossible to detect on radar and are so advanced that the U.S. Congress has banned Lockheed Martin from selling them abroad."
F-22 Raptor over South Korea, February 17th 2016. (Photo by Popular Mechanics)
If China's claim were true, United States Air Force may be more slumped in their performance. They also have dwindling quantity of their jets and pilots. USAF's F-35 has been hammered with technological issues.
Center for Strategic and International Studies and RAND Corporation claimed that in Asia-Pacific region, the "balance of military power [is] shifting against the United States."
The Philippines, the United States strongest ally in the Pacific has cozied up to China. The Philippines' newly installed strong leader President Duterte wants to assert its sovereignty and independent foreign policy.
With the recent Trump victory as the new President starting this January 20, the world will watch how this power shift continues.
Source: Shephard Media / Popular Mechanics