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China reveals new AEW&C KJ-500

China’s new KJ-500 AEW&C aircraft

China’s new KJ-500 AEW&C aircraft

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

Chinese media people.com.cn reports on China’s new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the KJ-500.

The report says that though its platform is smaller than the KJ-2000, the KJ-500 as an all-weather integrated airborne early warning, command and control aircraft is more mature, advanced and complete in technologies and stronger and more powerful in combat capabilities than the KJ-2000.

The KJ-500 uses the same new phased array radar and disk-shaped antenna as the KJ-2000, but through digitalising, network and integrating transformation and upgrading of the electronic IT system in the entire aircraft, the aircraft has more prominent capabilities in target detection and positioning, data processing and merger, access to and relay of network, command, guidance and control, resistance to electronic jamming and detection of stealth weapons.

It is able not only to track, monitor and manage various batches of targets in a wide range of dimensions but also guide fighter jets in various areas, layers and batches to conduct differentiated accurate strikes at the targets it has locked on.

The report continues that the KJ-2000 was regarded as China’s second-generation AEW&C aircraft, and the KJ-500 is the third generation.

The report also claims that some foreign media compare it with US newest E-737 and therefore both have attained the standards for a new generation of AEW&C aircraft.

This means there is no disparity in AEW&C technology between the U.S. and China.

It is an undeniable fact that China has made breakthrough in key technologies in developing its KJ-500.

The report concludes that China will soon deploy the  KJ-500 to its troops.

In addition, in order to deal with new-type of targets with super manoeuvrability, high speed and low altitude that are tiny in size, highly stealthy and low in speed and to satisfy the objective demand for improvement in undetectability, protection, manoeuvrability and cruise duration, China has set even higher standards for its new AEW&C aircrafts to enable them to detect not only warplanes and warships but also aerospace flying objects.

Source: military.people.com.cn “Military experts bare the secrets of KJ-500: combat capabilities reach new high” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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