Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Photos of Chinese carrierborne AEW emerges

After being caught on the ground by Google Earth, the first photos of China's future carrier-borne Airborne Early aircraft, based on the Y-7 transport, have recently emerged.

With four vertical stabilizers like the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, which would allow it to fit inside an aircraft carrier's hangar deck without the complexities of a folding tail, this test bed seems lack the tail hook and it is unclear if it has folding wings, but with China's carrier ambitions still in it's infancy, there should be some time to allow China's aircraft manufacturers to sort those out.

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