|Y-8 AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AIRCRAFT
Date:2017-02-02 Source:Internet By:Globalmil Viewed:
Shaanxi Aircraft Industry Corporation is currently test-flying a new indigenous airborne early warning (AEW) design based on its new Y-8F-600 airframe. This is the PLAAF’s third AEW programme following the introduction of KJ-2000 AWACS and Y-8 ‘Balance Beam’ AEW aircraft only few years ago. Airborne electronic systems has been a focus of the PLA’s extensive military modernisation in recent years. In particular, AEW capability has been seen by the military as vital to obtain air superiority over the Taiwan Strait.
Shaanxi Aircraft Industry Corporation is currently test-flying a new indigenous airborne early warning (AEW) design based on its Y-8 airframe. The aircraft is fitted with a conventional rotodome-housed airborne surveillance radar to monitor the skies and control warplanes over a wide battlefield.
It was first revealed in 2005 that the PLAAF was test-flying a third AEW design following the introduction of the Y-8 ‘Balance Beam’ AEW aircraft in 2001 and KJ-2000 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) in 2002. Unlike the two previous projects, both of which utilise fixed phased array radar design, the new Y-8-based AEW is fitted with a conventional E-2C Hawkeye-style rotodome that rotates to give a 360-degree coverage. Internet source photos show that at least one plane (register number T0518) is currently undergoing flight test.
At least one Y-8 AEW prototype (series number T0518) is currently undergoing flight test. The plane features a pair of vertical stabilisers are fitted on the tips of the tail-plane to enhance directional stability.
The new Y-8-based airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft is the third AEW&C project since 2001. The PLAAF introduced the Y-8 ‘Balance Beam’ electronically scanned array AEW in 2001 and a more capable KJ-2000 AWACS system in 2002.
Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems currently deployed around the world fall within three main categories: the conventional rotodome-housed airborne surveillance radar fitted on the U.S. E-2, E-3, E-767 and Russian A-50; Phalcon phased array radar system developed by Israeli Elta Systems; and ‘balance beam’-style electronically scanned array radar such as Erieye developed by Ericsson Microwave and MESA by Northrop Grumman. The fact that the PLAAF is testing various AEW/AWACS designs that cover all three categories reflects its serious intension to develop a modernised AEW&C capability.
Little is known about the performance of the radar system fitted on the new Y-8 AEW. The aircraft’s rotodome appears to be larger than that of the E-2C Hawkeye. The airframe is the latest Y-8F-600 (codenamed “Category-III Platform”) developed from the Y-8 (Chinese copy of the Russian An-12 Cub) turboprop transport aircraft with the assistance of the Ukrainian Antonov Bureau. The aircraft is also fitted with Western-designed avionics including Honeywell navigation suite and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150B turboprop engines.
很少的了解关于在新的Y-8 AEW上安装的雷达系统的性能。飞机的旋转雷达天线罩似乎比E-2C“鹰眼”（Hawkeye）的更大。机身是最新的Y-8 F-600（代号“种类-3平台”）从经乌克兰的安托诺夫设计局协助的Y-8（俄国An-12“幼狐”（Cub）的中国仿造型）涡轮螺旋桨推进运输机发展。飞机也配备有西方设计的航空电子设备包括Honeywell导航组件和普拉特&惠特尼加拿大公司PW150B涡轮螺旋桨发动机。
The aircraft has a solid nose which replace the original ‘glass-in’ nose on the Y-8 design. A pair of vertical stabilisers are fitted on the tips of the tail-plane to enhance directional stability. Unlike the Y-8 ‘Balance Beam’ AEW, the new Y-8 AEW is not fitted with the British-made six-blade propellers.
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