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


Blitzo

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It is quite possible that the production aircraft will have a different radome cover without the long pitot mast.

It'll certainly lack the pitot, but the nose radome geometry itself is likely to be similar, minus the pitot.

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I have a feeling this is a picture taken a while ago (perhaps a year or more ago) of one of the earlier prototypes, because we have had painted grey KJ-600 airframes visible on satellite for a while now.
 

NiuBiDaRen

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That's not KJ-600; that's an E-2. Did you fact check his post before sharing it here?

Please stop quoting that Twitter account. He's a stupid fanboy. Ignore everything and anything he says.
Stupid question here, how did you differentiate between E-2 and KJ-600 from the video? I'm not a high-level military expert.
 

Lethe

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KJ600 has a sharp head.

The nose is probably shaped to maximise visibility from the cockpit while landing "nose up" on the carrier deck. Rafale's nose is "short and sharp" for the same reason. For Rafale and other carrier-based combat aircraft, the trade-off is a smaller radar, but of course KJ-600's search radar is located elsewhere...
 

by78

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Stupid question here, how did you differentiate between E-2 and KJ-600 from the video? I'm not a high-level military expert.

KJ-600's tail stabilizers are different. The first image below is a screen grab from that
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. Take a note of where the red arrows point to. Now compare that to the second image, which shows an actual KJ-600.

E-2:
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KJ-600:
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Here's a mockup of the KJ-600 at the Wuhan naval research facility:
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Again, here's an E-2:
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P.S. KJ-600's and E-2's propellers also differ, with different blade counts, but that's impossible to spot in that fanboy's twitter video.
 

NiuBiDaRen

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KJ-600's tail stabilizers are different. The first image below is a screen grab from that
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. Take a note of where the red arrows point to. Now compare that to the second image, which shows an actual KJ-600.

E-2:
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KJ-600:
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Here's a mockup of the KJ-600 at the Wuhan naval research facility:
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Again, here's an E-2:
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P.S. KJ-600's and E-2's propellers also differ, with different blade counts, but that's impossible to spot in that fanboy's twitter video.
Thanks for the information. It's very interesting.
 

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