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Y-8 "Balance Beam Testbed" ("High New-1"?) is an AWACS prototype based upon Y-8F-200 transport aircraft. It appears to bear some resemblance to the Swedish Saab 340 AWACS aircraft carrying an electronically scanned phased array radar in a large rectangular fairing above the fuselage. The radar is likely to be the product of the 38th Institute, as the aircraft was spotted in Hefei, Anhui Province. The aircraft also features a pressurized forward carbin housing the C&C center. It first flew on November 8, 2001 at SAC and is currently being evaluated by CFTE. Both Y-8 Balance Beam Testbed and KJ-2000 have demonstrated China's determination to acquire indigenous AWACS capability after the earlier A-50I setback. They are expected to coordinate J-7G, J-8F, J-10A, J-11A, JH-7A and H-6H via datalinks in the possible air compaigns against Taiwan.