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.
Status Active, In-Service
[ 10 Units ] : Shaanxi Aircraft Company - China
- Airborne Early Warning (AEW)
111.55 ft (34 m)
124.67 ft (38 m)
36.09 ft (11 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Shaanxi KJ-200 production model)
78,264 lb (35,500 kg)
134,482 lb (61,000 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Shaanxi KJ-200 production model)
4 x Zhuzhou WoJiang-6 turboprop engines developing 4,250 horsepower each.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Shaanxi KJ-200 production model)
410 mph (660 kph; 356 kts)
34,121 feet (10,400 m; 6.46 miles)
3,480 miles (5,600 km; 3,024 nm)
2,000 ft/min (610 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Shaanxi KJ-200 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Shaanxi KJ-200 production model)
KJ-200 - Base Series Designation
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