The key component of this aircraft is an AESA radar system, visually similar to the SaabErieye system, mounted on struts above the rear fuselage, as well as ventral sensor domes. The platform of this aircraft is based on the Shaanxi Y-8F-600 and it has been reported that Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150B turboprops and Honeywell avionics have been incorporated.
The general designer of KJ-200 is Mr. Ouyang Shaoxiu (欧阳绍修), the same general designer of ther Y-8. According to Mr. Ouyang the KJ-200 has been significantly modified (around 80%) from the original Y-8. including the adoption of a glass cockpit.