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Chinese AEW&C Aircraft Details
Following reports last year of an indignously-developed chinese airborne early warning and control system on an Ilyushin Il-76, it is now understood the the aircraft is designated the Kong Jing-2000 (KJ-2000). A Chinese airborne radar system was installed by Xian Aircraft in the basic A50I airframe after its transfer from Israel when China was forced to abandon the controversial Phalcon deal under pressure from the US. First flight after conversion was in November 2003.
A Second KJ-2000 now flying is reported to be a conversion of a PLAAF/China United Airlines Il-76MD. Both are now undergoing operational testing and evaluation with the China Flight Test Establishment at Xian Yanliang.
Unlike the Russian A-50 and US E-3, the radome on the KJ-2000 does not rotate but houses three electronically steered phased array antenna modules in a triangular configuration in order to give 360 coverage. The Radar is reported to have been developed by the Nanjing Research Institute, but the full abilities of the system are as yet unknown.
Tawian E-2T Deliveries
A Further two Northrop Grumman E-2T Hawkeyes for the Republic of China Air Force, arrived in Kaohsiung Harbour, Taiwan, on May 19 after being shipped from the US on a Yangming Marine Transport Corporation Container ship. After unloading at Kaohsuing, they were transported to the RoCAF base at Pingtung North, where they will join the four existing RoCAF E-2ts in service with the 20th Electronic Warfare Squadron.
They are being upgraded to the E-2 2000 version, the more powerful AN/APS-145 radar.