By Yang Tiehu
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (ChinaMil) -- The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as 2018 China Airshow or Zhuhai Airshow, will be held from November 6 to 11 in Zhuhai, a coastal city in south China’s Guangdong Province. The “Silk Road Eye” active phased array airborne early warning (AEW) radar, developed by the 14th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), will make its debut in this Airshow.
If the early warning aircraft is a crown in the field of national defense equipment, then the early warning radar shall be the very jewel on that crown. At present, only a few countries in the world have the ability to develop the early warning radar.
As the cradle of China’s radar industry, the 14th Institute of CETC has developed a world-class solid-state active phased array early warning radar for the domestically-made KJ-2000 early warning aircraft, which filled the gap of China's large airborne early warning radar and promoted the development of China’s AEW radar.
The newly-developed “Silk Road Eye” AEW radar has strong competitive edge in regard to future war. Compared with earlier models, its radar array employs a new active phased array technology.
At present, China is the only country in international military trade market that can provide such complete early warning aircraft.