A total of 11 KJ-200s were produced, and are in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Navy.

The Shaanxi Y-8 is known to be one of China’s most popular transport aircraft, with many variants produced and exported. In an effort to expand Airborne Early Warning and Control capabilities, Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation has successfully developed the Shaanxi KJ-200. Based on the proven Y-8 platform, the KJ-200 was modified to suit its intended battlefield role.

In terms of design, the KJ-200 retains the form and function of the Y-8: high-mounted monoplane wings, single-vertical tail fin, tricycle undercarriage and four turboprop engine layout. The key addition externally is the radar system installed dorsally along the fuselage spine at midships, suspended by a collection of struts. Various other, smaller, protrusion have also been added to conform with the role.

Shaanxi KJ-200
Shaanxi KJ-200

The key component of this aircraft is an AESA radar system, visually similar to the Saab Erieye system, mounted on struts above the rear fuselage, as well as ventral sensor domes. The AESA radar has a detection range of 300 to 450 km.

As planned, the plane turbine engines have the Canadian-built Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150B propeller. Other systems include modern avionics, including navigation systems from Honeywell. In addition the aircraft receives special containers for equipment at the top of the wing, tail and nose of the fuselage. The cockpit is of an all-glass approach for its two pilots seated side-by-side.

A total of 11 KJ-200s were produced, and are in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Navy. During its testing, one was damaged in an accident in 2006, but the product has continued to be showcased in various public events since then.

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