Type 052C/052D Class Destroyers


Tam

Major
Registered Member
Kind of disappointing they would bother to pixelate that part of the picture when there is nothing to be expected that is bleeding edge about the radar.
 

Totoro

Captain
VIP Professional
Seems that the 14th 052D, or the first lengthened 052D unit, and onward have replaced their H/LJQ-517B radars with a Chinese counterpart to the SMART-L.
If true, they're trading very low frequency advantage for a more modern setup capable of much greater resolution and providing altitude data as well.

It remains to be seen if the radar in question is indeed going to be an L band one. I for one wouldn't be surprised if it's actually UHF. Seems like a better complementary to main S band arrays.
 

Tam

Major
Registered Member
It appears to be a larger Yagi array, with like before, 2 x 8 elements. The antenna design of each Yagi element has changed. Higgle's post on the HQ-9 launching also provides a convenient picture of the current Yagi array for comparison. Far from a SMART-L and working on the L-band, this means the radar still works on the metric range.
 

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