This is a discussion on PLAAF AWACS thread within the Air Force forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Hendrik_2000 Last update: 25 April 2007 That info is old. Do we have any pictures of Y-9?...
Last edited by Hendrik_2000; 11-23-2011 at 03:29 PM.
Does it makes sense to equip AWACs with all-round high performance IR coverage systems in addition to radars?
I think optimally, all miitary aircraft should have some kind of MAWS in place, but of course the problem's money.
Btw we can see MAWS on ZDK-03 for pakistan, but interestingly we cannot, for KJ-200 for the PLAAF, if that gives you an idea of the threat environments both air forces intend their AEW&C to operate in. Also interesting is that the Y-8Q we saw shows one aircraft with MAWS apertures, another without. But I think that's a matter of not having installed it yet.
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Something like EODAS, but more powerful and used to actively look for aircrafts and other targets rather than purely a defensive measure.
I had this thought because it seems that AWACs can be vulnerable to enemy stealth aircraft, so they should have other warning system in complement to radars.
Also does aircraft (fighters) generate high temperature while flighing through air at high speeds, and would this affect their own IR systems?
I personally think it may be easier just to incrementally upgrade radars to work better agaisnt stealth, or some kind of distributed sensor network instead of relying on a potentially unreliable technology for the all important long range early warning role... but in future i envisage an aircraft using its own radar, along with secondary ESM, EO apetures all pooling together to form a more detailed view of the battlefield.
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MAW or eodas lack sufficient range for LR search and tracking, both detector were design for short range early warning device.
the solution will depend on new solfware.
Last edited by challenge; 11-24-2011 at 02:44 AM.
EODAS is limited by the EM (optical) band it's working with. The atmosphere presents a formidable barrier to the optical band beyond a certain distance much earlier than that for the EM wave band of a radar.
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Last edited by Lion; 11-27-2011 at 09:59 AM.
this AWACS looks awesome, looks very nice and will fit in well to PAF
PAFs Erieye AWACS is said to have a detection range of 350km+ in all weather conditions and was tested in hot climate in Spain before it was delivered to PAF, it has fullfilled PAF requiments entirely, originally PAF ordered 6 Erieyes but after evalution of the ZDK-03 the order was cut to just 4 , so ZDK-03 must be good as Erieye
PAF asked for improvments in the platform and radar of ZDK-03 after these requirments a order of 4 was placed, it is said that future upgrades in software, electronics and communications will be easily integrated because the aircraft has been built with upgrade in mind
4 Erieyes + 4 Shaanxi Y8 AEW&C aircraft gives PAF ample AWACS coverage in time of war, considering we will be on the defensive and our airspace really isnt that big
2 more ZDK-03 for the Pakistan Navy would just be the iceing on the cake!!!
Anyway, I always thought ZDK-03 is for datalink of JF-17 while Erieye is for the F-16.
I don't think NATO stuff is able to datalink with Chinese equipments. I hope PAF will go for a all Chinese equip fleet in future and also cut down on the logistic and support issue.