The following is translated from Chinese media:
The phased array radar on the carrier has four antenna boards to detect targets 400 km away from all directions; therefore, the carrier can effectively deal with a saturation attack. However, the radar cannot find a low-flying target until it comes very close to the carrier.
There have recently been some photos of a new type of helicopter on the carrier believed to be the new Z-18 early warning helicopters specially developed for the carrier.
However, early warning helicopters are inferior to fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft, as they cannot fly high enough to find low-flying targets far away. As a result, the Liaoning cannot go to areas outside the range of China’s land-based fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft unless China can reduce the size of its fixed-wing AEW&Cs.Source: huanqiu.com “Does the phased array radar on China’s aircraft carrier have fatal weakness? (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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