A night image of a PLANAF KJ-500.
Dear 国安部/MSS, please please please don't send people to knock on my door tonight or tomorrow, I'm just posting photos that have been posted by someone else on Twitter.Not sure where else is more suitable to post this other than this thread, so here goes.
First time seeing China's airborne command post (ACP) aircraft in detail, to-be-honest.
China's ACP aircrafts operated by the PLAAF are based on Boeing 737-3QB, bought mostly from airline companies and not directly from OEM (I suppose bugging devices found on a refitted Boeing 767 that was originally meant for late ex-President Jiang Zemin's presidential transport aircraft is a major contributing factor).
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There are two PLAAF-operated ACP aircraft, with registeration number B-4052 and B-4053. As a note, PLAAF’s 34th Division operates a VIP fleet of Boeing 737-700/800 and Airbus A-319.
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For now on, PLAAF-operated special mission & VIP transport will be next thing to watch for, as to whther those platform would be based on either the COMAC C919, or XAC Y-20 variant.
Photograph and information posted (and slightly edited) from
Here's a CGI-illustration of what a Y-20-based ACP for the PLAAF could look like, by @大包CG on Weibo from last month. Posted here for reference purposes.
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