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CETC offers new ZDK06 AEW&C for export, hints platform options
March 25, 2017
A People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) KJ-200. Photo credit: Allen Zhao (http://www.airliners.net/search?user=109333&display=detail) via Wikipedia Commons.

CETC offers new ZDK06 AEW&C for export, hints platform options

At China’s bi-annual air show last week in Zhuhai, China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) began marketing its new ZDK06 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system.

The ZDK06 appears to be based on the KJ-200 ‘Balance Beam’ AEW&C system, which is in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

CETC’s marketing material states that the ZDK06 uses an “active phased array and pulse-Doppler radar” designated JY-06. This is conceptually like the Saab Erieye.

Notes & Comments:

It is not clear if the ZDK06 is a successor to the rotating ZDK03, which was acquired by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the late 2000s and early 2010s (and locally designated Karakoram Eagle).

Although CETC did not list the JY-06’s performance specifications, it did state that the ZDK06 benefits from “lower requirement of aircraft modification” thanks to the JY-06’s “balance beam … based antenna.”

This could be an indication that the ZDK06 is being marketed as a customizable solution in that the end-user could have it integrated to the aircraft platform of their choice. Although shown with an image of a Y-8-based aircraft, the Y-8 was not mentioned explicitly.

Currently, Pakistan is CETC’s sole export customer. However, an increasingly apparent theme with China’s offerings is that the available of affordable and accessible technology of this nature could expand the pool of customers beyond the industry’s leading buyers.

  • augustine

    The important story below needs to be investigated and this comment removed from this thread since this is not a JF-17 thread…

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/163018-Saudi-Arabia-planning-procurement-of-JF-17-Thunder-Mashshaks-says-Saudi-air-chief

    Seems the Nigerian JF-17 plus Super Mushshak purchase formula will be copied by many air forces around the world.

    • Abdul Rashid

      Thanks for sharing the link, Augustine.

      I missed this story during today’s quick check of Pakistani news. Sounds very promising indeed. Let’s see what comes of it!

      • AMAN

        Abdul i have seen this story yesterday on defence.pk
        Abdul I Recommend you to go to defence.pk for quick check of Pakistani news.

        I am not able to find any thing new about KLJ-7A Radar yet but I found Some thing else :-http://www.janes.com/article/65271/airshow-china-2016-russia-unveils-new-aesa-radar-for-mig-35-fighter

        • Abdul Rashid

          I do occasionally go on defence.pk too but not these past few days. Not enough time. Work, family and loads of personal stuff to catch up with. What can I do Aman? I wish I was 16 again like you and have LOTS of time on my hands.

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