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New Chinese Y-8 AWACS

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posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 09:14 AM

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.

The radar was installed in less than a day

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[edit on 2-3-2005 by Lucretius]

[edit on 4-3-2005 by pantha]

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:00 PM
Is there any information on whether or not the Chinese got some help from the Sweedes on this type of AWACS? This is a huge step for China if this Y-8 AWACS becomes successful.

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:07 PM
Im sure having one of our spyplanes for a couple of months helped them too. They probably picked it a part down to its bare bones.

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:19 PM
I doubt the chinese got to use that spy splane, the US pilots inside apparantly fried all the computers.

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:48 PM
Imagine the look on there faces when they opened up a box and saw nothing but molten wires...

posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 08:41 AM
#1 Looks curiously alot like a C130...

#2 Whats the gawd awfull yellow crap at the bottom of your post that takes up the whole internet?

[edit on 3-3-2005 by skippytjc]

posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 01:52 PM
Yes, it looks like a copy of the C-130

What I like about the concept, is they chose to use a cargo plane instead of a retrofitted passenger airliner like the Boeing E-3,

This means that you can do upgrades fast as technology evolves, just dock/undock some modules using the cargo entrance...

No doubt it is less capable , but a lot cheaper than the E-3 and they will crank out larger numbers instead as to try fill the sky with so many targets to make up a bit for the technological edge of the USAF.

I wonder if and how AWACS in general are protected against attacks with electromagnetic pulse ? Giving their sensitive eyes and ears in listening mode, they cannot be shielded all the time.

Do they have a flexible shielding, like have a E.M sensor that senses the attack and closes some farraday cage switch or something disconnecting the eyes and ears from the sensitive brains???

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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 07:13 PM
Any kind of surveillance aircraft or basically anything that has electronics doesn't do well with E.M pulses. One pulse for a thousandth of a second would fry EVERYTHING.

posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 01:33 AM
CHINESE Y-8 AWACS looks more advance than US awacs 2 hawak eye . it does not metter that if it looks like c-130 you cannot always trust the first look its a big step for china to build there own airborn radar system . awacs 2 also look B -24 bomber from world war 2.

[edit on 4-3-2005 by tiger shark]proud to be a pakistani

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posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 01:52 AM
Ahem, forget about the 'Hercules'. The design of the plane is not new nor is it chinese, the airframe is a copy of the Antonov An 12, a freight version of the An-10 airliner from the mid 1950's. Why are people always looking for the nearest American plane to proclaim things a copy of?

posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 03:06 AM
That way people can say we OWN them , but actually what is really important is the question , how capable is their Radar ?

THe chosesn airframe, a cargoplane, makes sense for modular approach, but I would think that this plane is meant for patrolling their borders and their frontyard (Taiewan), otherwise, if they wanted to do overseas actions, they would not have used a medium sized plane with turboprops but a large and faster jetliner like the E-3 with long range and in flight refuelling boom.

All i am saying is that while China does their share of copying, they do that generally wel, cost-effective and with a rational modular approach.

He who laughs hardest about chinese tec, must feel the most insecure

[edit on 4-3-2005 by Countermeasures]

posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 06:47 AM
I believe the plane is getting an engine upgrade soon with 6 bladed props and General Electric turbines

Should improve reliability

posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 08:00 PM
Do you believe this tech came from Isreal? Ha ha your American garage got fire

posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 08:31 PM
The Y-8 test bed's been testing that 6 blade high efficiency propellor for some time now hasn't it? Lucretius, what kind of radar do you think that Y-8 test bed is actually testing?

posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 09:49 PM
Well the Chinese are working really fast nowadays... Heres a picture of the test flight of the Balance Beam..

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