Commercial satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies took some images in Feb 2022, showing a new Large Phased Array Radar (LPAR) building on top of a mountain in Yiyuan County, China.
China’s new LPARs can detect missile launches thousands of kilometers away, covering Taiwan, Japan, and other countries.
According to the U.S. Defense News, the images from the U.S. space technology of Maxar Technologies’ satellite released on Google Earth in February, China is installing a new radar set up in Yiyuan County, Shandong Province, at 2,300 feet high.
The Defense News pointed out that China’s new radar system has only one front, unlike the U.S. PAVE PAWS version. The outlet gave early warning of ballistic missile launches covering Japan and even the Russian Far East.
Their previous installation was a large phased-array radar pointing South-East on the top of the mountain and built between 2013 and 2014, aiming at Taiwan and related areas.
The report suspects that China is building large-scale warning radar installations on different high points to monitor Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Taiwan from multiple angles.