China’s Latest Aircraft Capable Of Tracking F-22 Raptors, F-35 Jets & US Experts Do Not Disagree

Published 10 hours ago on September 7, 2020

By Nitin J Ticku

China’s first carrier-based fixed-wing early warning aircraft (AEW) has successfully made its maiden flight and become only the second country after the United States to have successfully developed such a platform.

The new Xian KJ-600 AEW is going to boost the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) combat capability with its far-reaching eyes. “China’s aircraft carriers currently rely on early warning helicopters to do the job, but they can only carry smaller radars, have limited speed, and only cover a radius of about 200 kilometers, while a fixed-wing early warning aircraft can cover about 400 to 500 kilometers,” Wang Ya’nan, chief editor of Beijing-based Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times (GT).

The PLAN currently has two aircraft carriers. CNS Liaoning, which was originally a Soviet-era vessel which is 67,500 tons, 999 feet long and 246 feet across.

CNS Shandong which is China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier was commissioned last year by President Xi Jinping. It can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets on its flight deck, unlike Liaoning which could carry only 24.

It has conventional propulsion systems and uses a ramp to launch J-15 fighter jets, the spearhead of China’s carriers, like CNS Liaoning. The ship also deploys several types of helicopters. “It features the advanced Type 346 S-band AESA radar system,” said a CSIS note on the vessel.

According to reports, the KJ-600 was spotted in satellite imagery of the Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation’s airfield at Xian-Yanliang in central China.

The Xian KJ-600 is a twin-engine, high-wing cargo aircraft and airborne early warning and control aircraft. “There is no evidence yet if the KJ-600 can operate on China’s current two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, which use ski-jump flight decks without catapults,” Wang told GT.

China’s third aircraft carrier is expected to use a flat flight deck with electromagnetic catapults, which will be compatible with the KJ-600, the analyst added. The KJ-600 is expected to be deployed on Type 003, China’s third aircraft carrier that hasn’t been launched yet.

The prototype Xian KJ-600 AEW plane. IMAGERY FROM PLANET LABS INC

Experts have pointed out striking similarities to the US’ Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, images surfaced on the media showed a new Chinese carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft named KJ-600, strikingly resembling the US Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye- twin turboprop with high mounted long straight wings that fold for carrier storage. The radar is carried in a large rotodome atop the fuselage. Lastly, the tail is split into several smaller vertical stabilizers, like bombers of World War II.

Two decades ago, the US pressured Israel to scrap the AWACS deal because the spy plane would give China a strategic advantage over America’s AWACS aircraft in any conflict over Taiwan. This acted as a major dent in Israel-China ties.

Israel has recently signed a $2 billion deal with India which includes plans to sell its Phalcon AWACS. Under the deal, India and Israel plan to jointly manufacture arms supplies and defense equipment.

Beijing-based military expert Li Jie told Global Security in January 2018 that the aircraft can detect Lockheed Martin’s stealthy, fifth-generation F-35, and F-22 aircraft. Unconfirmed reports have said that Chinese radars are capable of tracking the F-22, although the PLA dismissed such reports claiming that it sent warships and helicopters to an area in the East China Sea after detecting the Raptor.

While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda—it is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact—it’s very possible that China can track the Raptor. Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking,” wrote Dave Majumdar for US magazine – the National Interest.

Source: EraAsian Times “China’s Latest Aircraft Capable Of Tracking F-22 Raptors, F-35 Jets & US Experts Do Not Disagree”

Note: This is EurAsian Times’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.

9 Comments on “China’s Latest Aircraft Capable Of Tracking F-22 Raptors, F-35 Jets & US Experts Do Not Disagree”

  1. Joseph says:

    As the American analysts have stated, since the KJ-600 is developed to rival the American E-2 Hawkeye, the technology is old. Indeed, though China just trials the AEW recently on need-to-use basis, the KJ-600 is not actually a newly developed technology. Developed together with the KJ-2000 after the Israel’s backstabbing fiasco, in which the Israeli one-sidedly sold the 8 Chinese Ilyushin-76 Phalcons to India, China was actually going a long way to develop its own ASW/AEW to be mature technology, far better than the Phalcon. The Israeli’s betrayal also signal the shift of attitude to stop procuring foreign hardware to move away fron reliance on foreign technologies, including Russian. Indeed the Chinese indigenous technology development is not intended to serve the petty self prestige misguided idea to show that they ‘can’ do it, like India building the aircraft carrier and the Tejas only because they do not want to lose face since China is developing the aircraft carrier and the J-10. Everytime China is known a new technology, what the Western ‘analysts’ petty assessments are if the technology indigenous, or it is no big deal because the American or the Russian have developed it before, like the hypersonic plane that the had flown decades ago and China just recently developed. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter since the American built the hypersonic plane only to boast that they ‘can’, and never use it since. While China builds the hypersonic plane, not because they want to boast their indigenous technology, but because China now has practical use of the hypersonic plane and they are going to use it. Similarly, the Chinese has the capability to build the AEW KJ-600 decades ago, since it has the similar technology of the E-2 Hawkeye. But why would the Chinese built an AEW decades ago? Only to boast like India? To the American? That would be a stupid waste of resources that only American would do. The fact that China decides to built the KJ-600 today, indicates that China needs the AEW now, and since the AEW is practically used on the aircraft carrier with catapults, it signals that the Chinese aircraft carrier with catapult development is actually going nicely. And as the Western analysts have worrily speculated that the Chinese is going to use the AEW to detect the F-22 and F-35, they expose the secret that the Chinese has already known all along, the F-22 and F-35 are not stealth at all since they can be easily tracked by common radar, just like what the German has recently announced. In the end, China has a pattern to develop and build technologies because they need it and not because they want to ‘boast’ their indigenous technology, like the reusable spacecraft. China did not need a reusable spacecraft before as they were not sending spacecraft on regular basis to space. But since they are going to build a space station in orbit, along with the moon base project, the reusable spacecraft becomes a necessity that they must have. And the Western analysts are ‘shocked’ that the Chinese suddenly develops and launches a reusable spacecraft ‘without their knowledge’. China could built a reusable spacecraft all along, and the Western ‘analysts’, agents and spies are just incompetent enough to do their jobs, to find out.


  2. Foxhound says:

    @Chan Kay Yee : A question please.
    I’ve been hearing a disturbing -news- I don’t know whether it is not false tendentious, vicious rumour, about the fact that Taiwan had downed a SU-35 belonging to the PLAAF. Do you confirm, or deny this?


    • Joseph says:

      That would surely be a fake news. Despite the American fake news about China-Taiwan relation, the military of both Taiwan and China is actually very amicable. They just recently cooperated on a search and rescue mission, without even the approval from their central military commands, only between a Chinese to another Chinese. Even if Taiwan has the capability to shoot down Chinese aircraft, they would not do it, since as it would be asking to be invaded. It would be a valid declaration of war in which even the American is hard to find faults. The American would unlikely intervene since they would not find ally so easily, and they would face the fury of the vengeful Chinese military. Just remember how scared the American was on the 2001 Hainan Island collision incident. Furthermore, China has only limited Su-35 and they won’t be based near Taiwan since the common patrol aircrafts near Taiwan is the J-11B. Of course, the fake news editors would love to speculate that the Su-35 to be deployed in Taiwan, or the J-20 to be deployed on Indian border, or even Indonesian F-16s to be deployed on Natuna, ignoring the fact that aircrafts need airports.

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    • chankaiyee2 says:

      Taiwan has denied that.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kwai Laan says:

      Fake news. See

      Journalist Nicola Smith Asia correspondent at The Daily Telegraph tweeted – Lots of speculation coming from Indian Twitter accounts claiming that #Taiwan shot down a PLA jet. Taiwan’s Ministry of defence has responded categorically that this is fake news.”
      Social media in India is circulating this fake news.
      ” Later, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence issued a statement on Friday, denying that it had shot down a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet. ‘The Air Force Command solemnly refutes that this is false information and completely untrue,’ the notice read.”

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      • johnleecan says:

        So, India is now following the great American Satan footsteps. Lying, Cheating, Stealing!


        • Joseph says:

          Lying, cheating, stealing? America might be infamous for those thing, but does India need to be taught those? The Indian is already very good at those thing before America, and India, came into existence. Otherwise, how could the Indian gain their notoriety in the region. At least the American still try to bribe regional regimes to be corrupt to accept American hegemony in the region. The Indian is to dumb to think about bribing regional regimes so they would never establish any hegemony. The Indian think that they are superior to anyone in the region that anyone would follow their ‘leadership’ for prestige, while in truth, everyone in the region think that the Indian is embarrassingly inferior that they would lose any prestige to even be associated with India. Just look at Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives that India consider their ‘satellites’. They would welcome China, or anyone, eagerly only to get away from India’s shadow.


  3. johnleecan says:

    If the arrogant Americans think the Chinese copied their work, so be it. Let’s say it’s true. Why would China not use something that is already working?

    The Chinese are really good. Not only are they good in copying something that is already working, they made something more powerful, effective and reliable than what the Americans provide to their 💩 military. It is also good to know they pissed the Americans off. China will in the future be able to make more superior machines. It’s just a matter of time.


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