KJ-600: Chinese carrier-capable AEW: developments, news, progress ...


Richard Santos

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In fact, this is the second prototype, which is standing since some time at the CFTE part of the Xi‘an-Yanliang facility … the two additional prototypes no. 03 & 04 are located further to the left at the XAC facilities and manufacturing complex.




You mean a different leading edge angle left and right to the engines or do you see a kink only outboard of the engines?
the leading edge is swept back at a greater angle inboard of the engines and for a short distance just outboard the engines.

Also, the aileron droop, and the great length of the ailerons shown in the photo that leave little room on the trailing edge outboard the engine for separate flaps, suggest the ailerons are used as part of full span flap system for take off and approach. this is different from E-2, whose flap system seem to use only the part of trailing edge inboard of the ailerons. notice to leave enough room for separate flaps, E-2’s ailerons are much shorter compared to the drooping ailerons shown in the photo above.

If full span ailerons are indeed the case with the Kj-600, then I suspect Kj-600 also has over wing spoilers for roll control during take off and landing. that means Kj-600 has a much more complex wing than the E-2.

Also if the deduction that Kj-600 uses a full span flap system is correct, then it suggest the KJ-600 is either designed with ski jump take off in mind, or it has much higher wing loading the E-2.
 
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by78

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The above photo it clearly shows there is a distinct kink in the wing leading edge just outboard of the engine that easily distinguish its planform from the E-2, whose wing leading edge is totally straight.

This is also visible in some other photos, but not as clearly. However fan CG renderings seems to have all missed this trait.

You are reading too much into a distorted image. That's obviously the infamous GoogleEarth '3D' view of a 2D satellite image. When no genuine three-dimensional data is available, GoogleEarth distorts 2D images to give a contrived three-dimensional look. Viewed in normal 2D view – without the artificial distortions – the kink simply isn't there.
 

Bltizo

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The above photo it clearly shows there is a distinct kink in the wing leading edge just outboard of the engine that easily distinguish its planform from the E-2, whose wing leading edge is totally straight.

This is also visible in some other photos, but not as clearly. However fan CG renderings seems to have all missed this trait.

It is barely visible in other, clearer photos which lack the artefact that this photo has, and frankly in those other pictures it is questionable whether there is a distinct kink in the wing's leading edge as you describe to begin with.


I strongly advise to not take this image with obvious distortion artefact as the bellwether from trying to determine "definitive characteristics" about the aircraft.

These other images are far superior:

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Intrepid

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But is it really a hint for yet another variant (COD?) or just a simplified model of the KJ-600 AEW without the vertical tails and radome?
It is the fuselage test facility for aircraft carrier landings. You don't need the complete plane, you can add weights so the radome and rudders are missing.

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Look at minute 09:30 of this nice old video:

 
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