China’s New KJ-500 AEW&C Makes F22 Unable to Come Near ChinaPosted: June 23, 2016
KJ-500 is China’s new generation of AEW&C aircraft. It is the first early warning aircraft in the world that uses digital phased array radar and other new technology that perhaps enables it to detect such stealth warplanes as F22. We do not know exactly whether it is able to detect a stealth warplane as the true functions of KJ-500 is kept strictly confidential.
However, so far it is known that its radar has a range of 470 km. As F22 uses an active phased array radar that has only a range of 300 km, it will be discovered by a KJ-500 470 km away if its radar is switched on long before it is able to detect the KJ-500.
The chain of data it has collected will be sent to the command/control center through communication satellite and then be sent to various combat platforms. Generally speaking, a KJ-500 can direct 100 fighters to fight a coordinated battle.
It has three groups of new-type phased array radar that greatly increase the range of its surveillance, the number of targets it can track and the number and batches of fighter jets it can direct.
All the key parts of KJ-500 including all the parts of its radar are made by China on its own so that China is entirely able to make KJ-500 independently.
Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Depth Column: PLA is equipped with a super weapon that makes F22 dare not come near China” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)