|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. (KJ is from the first characters of the Pinyin spelling of 空警, (Kōng Jǐng), short for 空中预警 (Kōng Zhōng Yù Jǐng), which means Airborne Early Warning).
Design and development
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), 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. including the adoption of a glass cockpit.
In February 2017 a Lockheed P-3 Orion of the US Navy and a KJ-200 inadvertently came close to each other over the South China Sea. The aircraft were within 1,000 feet (305 meters) of each other.
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- U.S., China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea February 10, 2017 Reuters Retrieved February 12, 2017
- Chinese and US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter January 10, 2017 CNN Retrieved February 12, 2017
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