US and China in a Quantum Arms Race
(TechnologyReview) Quantum-inspired technologies that could change the face of warfare. The pursuit of these technologies is triggering a new arms race between the US and China. China’s efforts are ramping up just as fears are growing that the US military is losing its competitive edge.
China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China’s biggest defense electronics company, unveiled a prototype radar in November, 2018 that it claims can detect stealth aircraft in flight. The radar uses some of the exotic phenomena of quantum physics to help reveal planes’ locations. CETC’s work is part of a long-term effort by China to turn itself into a world leader in quantum technology. The country is providing funding for new quantum research centers at universities and building a national research center for quantum science that’s slated to open in 2020. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is recruiting quantum specialists, and that big defense companies like China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) are setting up joint quantum labs at universities. It’s already ahead of the US in registering patents in quantum communications and cryptography.
Quantum-inspired technologies discussed in this excellent article include:
–quantum-enabled radar systems;
–quantum communication networks;