We are meant to be impressed. But hardly are?
From the South China Morning Post Hong Kong edition we have this item:
"Why America’s stealth jet forces should fear China’s new unarmed eye in the sky"
Nothing new here folks! Move along?
"The Chinese military is developing a carrier-based early-warning plane [AEW] that will be fitted with radar to detect the most advanced aircraft at longer range"
The KJ-600 airborne early-warning [AEW] warplane. Remarkably similar to the American Hawkeye. The KJ has a tail-hook. But can it take-off and land on a ski-jump aircraft carrier?
"China is developing a surveillance plane designed to be launched from the country’s newest aircraft carrier and fitted with a radar system to spot enemy stealth jets, military observers say."
"State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China was building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane called the KJ-600."
EQUIPPED WITH TAIL HOOK BUT IS IT ABLE TO TAKE-OFF FROM A SKI-JUMP STYLE CARRIER? THE CHINESE HAVE A LARGE-DECK SIZE CARRIERS IN THE WORKS [002 and 003] THAT WILL BE BIG-DECK CARRIERS SIMILAR TO AN AMERICAN NIMITZ CLASS CVN!
Aircraft carriers of the ski-jump style warship lacking [?] in the area of AEW, EW, ASW, tanker and utility warplanes? Reliant on land-based naval aviation to a large extent? 002 and 003 type Chinese aircraft carriers if and when taking to sea able to include a full complement of warplanes? This remains to be seen.