China Deploys New Long-range South China Sea Surveillance Plane


China’s long-range surveillance plane B-5002

SCMP describes China’s new surveillance plane in its report “With a 30m wingspan and 2,450km range, this surveillance plane can cover the entire South China Sea” yesterday, stating, “With a wingspan of about 30 metres and maximum range of 2,450km, it has the capacity, at least in theory, to monitor and respond to incidents across the whole of the South China Sea, China Ocean News reported.”

SCMP quotes Collin Koh, a maritime expert from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, as saying, “One of the B-5002’s key technologies is a ‘sensor suite’ comprising both surface search radar and electro-optic detection capabilities, which allows it to operate in all weather and visibility conditions, day or night,” and that the plane will provide better support for Chinese coastguard at the forefront of the action in the disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Source: SCMP “With a 30m wingspan and 2,450km range, this surveillance plane can cover the entire South China Sea” (summary by Chan Kai Yee of the report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100864/chinas-maritime-reconnaissance-capabilities-set-soar.

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One Comment on “China Deploys New Long-range South China Sea Surveillance Plane”

  1. Combo Jaxx says:

    China should come up with something better and strive to build an analogue of America’s Boeing P-8, Japan’s Kawasaki P-1 and Russia’s Tupolev Tu-214R.

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