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China continues AEW aircraft advances

3rd February 2017 - 11:49 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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As the first US Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft were arriving in Japan on 2 February, it emerged that China is pursuing a carrier-based AEW aircraft of its own.

Images appeared on the Chinese internet in late January portraying a full-scale mock-up of a fixed-wing AEW platform. It was spotted aboard a land-based carrier replica near Wuhan, which is used to simulate electromagnetic compatibility.

The Chinese twin turboprop aircraft, destined for future service in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), looks similar to the E-2 Hawkeye with a dorsal-mounted rotodome and vertical tails.

A shipborne AEW aircraft has

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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