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Photo of the day: Z-18J AEW helicopter onboard of Liaoning
Monday, October 19, 2009
Z-8 AEW Helicopter Unveiled
images have surfaced of a Changhe Z-8 with what appears to be a
external radar array. This variant may possibly be the long-rumored Z-8
Airborne Early Warning variant for use in the PLAN's expected first
carrier air wing. The radar appears to be a "bar" array, seen in these
images in the stowed position. The array would presumably be lowered
during operation to allow 360 degree coverage much like the French
"Horizon" AEW system mounted on the Aerospatiale Super Puma Mark 2. An
alternate possibility is that the radar is the battlefield SAR-type for
use by the PLA. Either way, this is a major development and seems to
likely preclude the purchase of Ka-31 AEW helos by China.