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KJ-1 AEWC (Tu-4 with radar) at China Aviation Museum
Role Airborne Early Warning and Control
National origin China
Status cancelled
Primary user PLA Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from Tupolev Tu-4

The KJ-1 AEWC was a first generation Chinese AEW (Airborne Early Warning) radar fitted to a Tupolev Tu-4 bomber. The project was started in 1969 under the code name "Project 926".

Design and development[edit]

According to the Chinese governmental claim, a single Tu-4 AEW unit was equivalent to more than 40 ground radar stations, but the production was stopped due to the Cultural Revolution. In the era of the Chinese economic reform, the project was once again put on hold because economic development was the top priority. When the project was finally reviewed again for the modernization of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, it was already too late and outdated, instead, China developed phased array radar for its KJ-2000 AWACS. [1] That aircraft is now on display at the PLAAF museum north of Beijing.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Chinese Airborne Early Warning (AEW)." fas.org. Retrieved: 29 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Chinese Airborne Early Warning (AEW)." PLA-AF Airborne Early Warning & Control Programs.