posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 09:13 PM
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
whoah planeman! nice pictures you found there - awesome stuff.
I profess no in depth knowledge of chinese forces, but in just three sites there appears to be no less than 5 AWACS type aircraft - bit greedy don't
But back to the pictures - nice.
When you start counting Coast guard and Navy, the US has even more I think. But yes, it does seem odd
that there are so many.
Summary of Chinese AEW, AWACS and "JSTAR" types:
1. Y-8J "Cub"
British supplied SkyMaster radar (similar to SearchWater radar on Sea King AEW). Entered service with Chinese Navy (PLAN) in 1997. Also used for
targeting surface vessels for warships.
2. Y-8F "Cub" with Rotadome
At least one Y-8F-600 airframe with large rotadome - a rotating radar array over the rear fuselage for AEW&C functions. The rear gun position appears
to have a secondary radome - possibly electronic support measures and the tail planes have additional vertical stablisers. First reported in 2005.
3. KJ-200 "Balance beam"
Y-8 airframe with fixed side looking phased array radar over rear fuselage - similar in concept to the Swedish Erieye. First reported in 2001.
Il-76 with fixed 3 antena phased array radar in large saucer over rear fuselage. First reported in 2002, at least 3 aircraft have been built.