Wednesday, January 23, 2013

KJ-2000 AWACS / AEW&C Specifications From China Media

The KJ-2000 is an Airborne Early Warning And Control (AEW&C) aircraft based on a modified Russian Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft and features a three-sided Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar from China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) housed in a radome on top of the fuselage.

The KJ-2000 was featured this month in a Chinese documentary shown on state television in honor of Wang Xiaomo, who this month had won China's top science award, the State Scientific and Technological Award, for his work, which includes the development of the KJ-2000.

According to Chinese media reports, the KJ-2000 radar is superior to that of the E-3A Sentry, IAI Phalcon and Beriev A-50.

- KJ-2000 Beriev A-50 IAI Phalcon E-3A Sentry
Maximum Radar Range 470 km 380 km 370 km 400 km
Number of targets tracked 60 to 100 50 to 60 100 100
Maximum Range 5500 5500 8500 7400
Maximum Speed 850 850 880 853
Maximum Endurance 12 12 12 11.5

The KJ-2000 radar is claimed to currently have the longest range in the world. Although under what conditions and Radar Cross Sections was not specified.

Only four KJ-2000 units are in active service after production was halted due to a shortage of available IL-76 airframes and a contract with Russia for the delivery of an additional 30 IL-76 aircraft fell through.

However, a recent purchase by China of ten used Il-76 aircraft from Russia and Belarus may make the IL-76 available again as a platform. The KJ-2000 is now supplemented by at least 10 KJ-200 aircraft.


Credit original poster, via Chinese Internet

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