China demonstrates a range of new anti-drone systems – Technology Org

The latest Chinese anti-drone systems were unveiled in Zhuhai, at the 13th Airshow China 2022 International Aerospace Show.



According to the official information from this exhibition, the latest anti-UAV systems cover all critical functions including detection, control, and interception of enemy targets. They are designed mainly to combat small drones that fly slowly and at low altitudes, remaining invisible to other air defense measures and reconnaissance or armed strikes.

There are multiple new products that can be used as components of a single advanced modular air defense system. This system consists of:

  • The DK-1 detection complex with a low-altitude radar and an electro-optical module. It detects targets (more than 20 drones per second at a range of 0.5-18 km). It can also monitor ground vehicles.
  • The ZK-K20 air defense control complex. It processes information from the DK-1 detection complex and quickly responds to targets depending on the degree of their threat, giving commands to weapons systems. More specifically, targets are destroyed using the HQ-17AE short-range air defense system and the QW-12 short-range MANPADS.
  • The HQ-17AE air defense system. It can effectively intercept conventional and inconspicuous aircraft, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles and tactical air-to-ground missiles. The air defense system has an inclined interception range of 1.5-20 km and is capable of targeting 4 missiles at 4 targets simultaneously. The HQ-17AE can also create electromagnetic interference to suppress simple drones.
  • Infrared homing MANPADS QW-12. It can hit targets at a range of 0.5-6 km and an altitude of 0.01-4 km.


The HQ-17AE air defense system was created in China on the basis of the Russian Tor-M1 air defense system but is mounted on a 6×6 wheel chassis. The HQ-17AE air defense system has been significantly improved, it has a new radar, an obstacle suppression system, and the best characteristics, including a long range of destruction.

Experts also say that many of the current weapons in the Armed Forces of China are at least partly based on Russian models. Their performance, however, has surpassed their Russian counterparts and prototypes, both in terms of the use of new technologies (control systems, detection, robotization, the use of various anti-aircraft missiles and guns, combat lasers, and energy weapon systems), and in terms of their characteristics.

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