Kanwa Defense Review: China deploys balloon radar to monitor Taiwan Strait

China Military
Zhang Tao

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (ChinaMil) -- Taiwan United News Network reported February 5 that according to the latest issue of Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review, the PLA Air Force's intelligence department and Strategic Support Force recently began to deploy large strategic balloon-borne radars on the Taiwan Strait to comprehensively monitor it.

Kanwa Defense Review is a military magazine based in Canada. It often publishes military, diplomatic and national defense news and reference reports about China and East Asia, which, although not always authentic, have drawn attention from international media. Whether its report on Chinese mainland's deployment of strategic balloon-borne radar on the Taiwan Strait is true or not is unconfirmed yet.

The report claimed that compared with early warning aircraft, strategic balloon isn't limited by time and can monitor low-altitude targets regularly and steadily in all weathers.

It is reported that according to Beijing's comprehensive strategic early warning plan, the Chinese military may eventually deploy multiple strategic balloon-borne early warning networks on the Taiwan Strait, and it has already developed precision devices such as synthetic aperture radar and mechanic scanning radar.

The article published by Kanwa Defense Review analyzed that apart from strategic early warning balloons, the more frequent use of KJ-500 and KJ-2000 early warning aircraft indicated that Beijing has completed the 24-hour monitoring mechanism on the Taiwan Strait with early warning aircraft.

The article said that the aircraft forms a network with strategic early warning balloons and highly sensitive Jianbing(Vanguard) reconnaissance satellite series, which must be part of the comprehensive strategic early warning plan of the Joint Staff Department under China’s Central Military Commission (CMC).

The article also said that satellite photos showed that there are at least three large ground reception centers on the mainland side of the Taiwan Strait, where a lot of data receiving antenna are arranged.

It also said, with the diversification of reconnaissance means, relevant departments on the mainland have more channels to gather information from Taiwan, and the number of people engaged in this work has been keeping rising.

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