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Shaanxi KJ-200

Airborne Early Warning and Control / Special Mission Aircraft

Shaanxi KJ-200

Airborne Early Warning and Control / Special Mission Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



The Shaanxi KJ-200 AWACs platform was introduced sometime in 2009 and is based on the Y-8 transport platform.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2009
MANUFACTURER(S): Shaanxi Aircraft Company - China
PRODUCTION: 10
OPERATORS: China
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Shaanxi KJ-200 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 7
LENGTH: 111.55 feet (34 meters)
WIDTH: 124.67 feet (38 meters)
HEIGHT: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 78,264 pounds (35,500 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 134,482 pounds (61,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 4 x Zhuzhou WoJiang-6 turboprop engines developing 4,250 horsepower each.
SPEED (MAX): 410 miles-per-hour (660 kilometers-per-hour; 356 knots)
RANGE: 3,480 miles (5,600 kilometers; 3,024 nautical miles)
CEILING: 34,121 feet (10,400 meters; 6.46 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,000 feet-per-minute (610 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• KJ-200 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Shaanxi KJ-200 Airborne Early Warning and Control / Special Mission Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/26/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
In attempting to broaden its Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capabilities, the Chinese Air Force adopted its Shaanxi Y-8 series for the role. The Y-8 was originally introduced in 1974 and based on the Soviet Antonoc An-12 military/civilian hauler. Production yielded over 100 aircraft since and has led to the newer Shaanxi Y-9 series. With this proven foundation, the KJ-200 line was developed through proper modification based on its intended over-battlefield role. The KJ-200 is said to maintain about 20% commonality with the original Y-8 design.

Despite this the KJ-200 retains much of 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. Internally there are a slew of support systems and several operator stations to manage the radar's function as well as all other mission pertinent systems. A blister is noted under the nose and a small extension has been added to the nose cone proper. The radar system is of an AESA ("Active Electronically Scanned Array") design. The cockpit is of an all-glass approach (incorporating some Western electronics into the mix) for its two pilots seated side-by-side. Engines are thought to be copies of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150B, turboprops driving six-bladed propellers along large spinners.

A KJ-200 system was lost in a 2006 crash during testing but the product has gone on to be featured in various public events since.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (410mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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