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1315 Taiwan Air Force C-130 TAO, Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

are based on the Shaanxi Y-8 and Y-9
transports (themselves derived from
the Russian Antonov An-12 aircraft)
and the Tupolev Tu-154 airliner. Taking
these in reverse order, the Tu-154M/D
"electronic warfare" aircraft has been
variously described as being a SIGINT
platform or a Chinese equivalent of the
US Joint STARS. In-fact, two Tu-154M/D
sub-variants have been identified, one
of which has tentatively been identified as the Tu-154M/D Type I and which
(over time) has been exemplified by
tail number B-4108. As such, B-4108
exhibits a range of ventral "lumps and
bumps" that are frequently associated
with a strategic ferret aircraft. Elsewhere, at least four Tu-154M/Ds (tail
numbers B-4015, B-4016, B-4029 and
B-4138) have been equipped with a
large "canoe" fairing (hence the Joint
STARS analogy) beneath their forward
fuselages together with a smaller, teardrop-shaped fairing further aft. While
JED is not wholly convinced by the Joint
STARS description, Japan's Ministry of

Defense (whose fighters regularly intercept Chinese canoe-equipped Tu-154s)
has made mention of "radar" Tu-154s
as being amongst the Chinese aircraft
intercepted by the Japanese Air SelfDefense Force (JASDF) near Japanese air
space during Japan's 2012 fiscal year.
Most recently, canoe-type Tu-154M/Ds
(possibly designated as the Tu-154M/D
Type II) have continued to monitor Japan and (particularly) the South China
Sea, and the type is said to be assigned
to the PLAAF's 102nd Air Regiment stationed at Beijing-Nanyuan.
Turning to China's Y-8 ferrets, JED
believes that China has deployed three
such aircraft designated as the Y-8CB
(also known as the Gaoxin 1), the Y-8JB
(also known as the Y-8(DZ) and/or the
Gaoxin 2) and the Y-8G (the Gaoxin 3).
All three configurations are believed to
have their roots in the late 1990s Gaoxin
program, which has produced multiple
Y-8/Y-9 special mission aircraft that are
configured for the airborne early warning and control, electronic warfare,

SIGINT, airborne command post and
communications relay roles. Regarding
the cited Y-8 SIGINT platforms, the Y8CB is thought to have made its maiden
flight on January 26, 2000, and is externally characterized by a nose radome, a
large canoe fairing beneath its forward
fuselage, fore and aft dorsal radomes,
a thimble-shaped radome beneath its
center section and multiple blade and
rod antennas above and below its fuselage and attached to its rear loading
ramp. To-date, aircraft tail numbers
20311, 21011, 21012, 21013, 3011, 5121
and 5123 have been identified as being Y-8CBs, with the PLAAF's 30 th, 47th
and 58th Air Regiments together with
the PLAN's 6th Air Regiment, all being
said to have Gaoxin 1 aircraft in their
inventory.
For its part, the Y-8JB was first identified during the summer of 2004 and
is said to have been initially equipped
with a variant of the China Electronics Technology Company's (CETC) KZ800
ELINT architecture. Here, the KZ800



JED - February 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Asia-Pacific SIGINT Programs
Technology Survey: Analog-to-Digital Converters
Operator 101
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick LookThe
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JED - February 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - February 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - February 2017 - From the President
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JED - February 2017 - The Monitor
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