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PLAAF Shaanxi Y-8 - KJ200.jpg
Role Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C)
National origin People's Republic of China (PRC)
Manufacturer Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation
Developed from Shaanxi Y-8

KJ-200 (Chinese: 空警-200), or Y-8 Balance Beam system, is an Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program developed by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation.

Design and development[edit]

The key component of this aircraft is an AESA radar system, visually similar to the Saab Erieye 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 Ouyang Shaoxiu (欧阳绍修),[1] the same general designer of the Y-8. According to Ouyang the KJ-200 has been significantly modified (around 80%) from the original Y-8.[2] including the adoption of a glass cockpit.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The project experienced major setback in 2006, when a KJ-200 crashed into a mountain in Guangde County while undergoing tests.

During the National Day of the People's Republic of China military parade 1 October 2009, a KJ-200 took the role as a lead plane.[4]


  1. ^ "空警-200总师欧阳绍修:首次采用玻璃化座舱". Sina. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ KJ-200 vs Y-8,
  3. ^ "总师称中国空警200上首次采用玻璃化座舱". Netease. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "KJ-200 in 2009 National Day Parade". AirForceWorld.com. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 

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