China’s new KJ-500 aircraft to replace KJ-2000 as major AEW&C



The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:

Hong Kong media reports that in the military parade on September 3, China displayed its new AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control), the KJ-500, for the first time.

The article in the Talking on Weapons & War section of the website says that the KJ-2000 was the leader in the parade formation of the Chinese air force,  but the KJ-500s that have already appeared in the dress rehearsal of the parade were the focus of people’s attention.

The article believes that undoubtedly the KJ-500 will be deployed in large numbers, as it is more cost effective though it is uncertain how much the KJ-500 is inferior to the KJ-2000 in functions.

The article regards the use of AEW&Cs second largest instead of the largest as the trend throughout the world though the US has deployed its largest E-3 AEW&Cs.

It says that the E-3 has been designed for large-scale air battle between superpowers without sufficient support from the ground.

In air battles near the homeland with sufficient ground support, there is no need for such large AEW&Cs.

The report says says that even Israel uses smaller AEW&Cs similar in size to the Gulfstream G550.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: “KJ-500 will replace KJ-2000 as major AEW&C like US Virginia class replacing Seawolf class” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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