PLA AEW&C, SIGINT, EW and MPA thread


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Tyrant King
This may be a dumb question, but why are these plane turboprop not jet engine?
The answers above plus until Y20 and C919 lines get hot enough there’s just not a jet suitable available. Y20 could be converted to such but the bigger needs are transports and tankers besides overkill for the job. C919 is just crawling along as a program because it’s still brand new and heavily western based it would take time for the production like to shift to a more indigenous capacity. ARJ doesn’t seem suitable for the job due to the tail structure.
Bombers could be converted but are inefficient for such.
 

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