The Chinese Military is building a radar with their missile defence system technology to fight its current biggest enemy. Chinese Military scientists are developing a radar that has the same technology as their missile defence system that will enable them to detect enemies up to two kilometres away. Chinese military believes they will be able to save innumerable lives with this advanced missile defence system technology. But these enemies are not humans, neither they are aliens, but they are actually flapping mosquitos!
Science has advanced and enabled us to protect us from dangers, shield us from harsh conditions and of course made life more comfortable and safe. The Chinese military scientists are not just busy developing weapons or equipment to make China stronger, but also focusing on keeping people safer. A hypersensitive missile defence system, or radar, is being developed will detect mosquitos at a distance of up to 2 km and keep people safe from the many damaging health effects that come with these tiny insects.
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Prototype Being tested by Chinese Military
A Chinese military lab is currently in the testing phase of the prototype of this health-related radar being built. Details of the radar have been kept under wraps as it uses the same technology as China’s missile defence system.
The scientists believe that more lives have been lost to mosquitos than to any war. According to a report by the WHO, every year around 1 million people lose their life to infections and diseases caused by mosquitos. Malaria, Zika Virus and many other diseases are spread by mosquitos and the Chinese military has taken it upon themselves to fight this war.
Modern Chinese Military Radars to Detect the ‘Buzz’
Mosquitos are not easy to spot and can come and leave without being noticed. The easiest way to identify a mosquito is the ‘buzzing’. Modern Chinese military radars are capable of picking up the faintest of echo sounds, of the smallest of objects. Advanced missile defence system like the X-band radar of the US can detect an object as small as a baseball almost four thousand kilometres away. the radar emits rapid electromagnetic waves travelling at different frequencies. When a mosquito comes in the path of the frequency it sends back information like specie, speed, direction and also whether or not the insect has eaten.
The radar being built uses the same technology as its missile defence system and targeting on picking on the echoes. As reported in the South China Morning Post:
The team, led by Long Teng, received funding of more than 82 million yuan (US$12.9 million) from the central government at the end of last year to build a full-sized mosquito detection radar that could be tested in the field.
Chinese Military Believes the Radar Has a Greater Potential
The project is being developed jointly by Chinese military scientists and insect behaviourists. The data that will be collected from the radar can help understand a lot more about the species that could help in finding solutions to the many diseases spread by mosquitos.
The final date of the completion of the first radar has not been revealed yet.