China’s latest special mission aircraft


Airborne early warning KJ-500 30078 at Zhuhai in 2018. The fixed rotodome contains three active electronically scanned arrays arranged in a triangular configuration.
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FOR MANY years, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Naval Aviation have operated specialised versions of the Y-8 and more recently the Y-9. Most remain unknown to the public because of the covert nature of their missions. More recently, several new types have entered service in increasing numbers, and with more information available.

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