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suite has been described as being an
"advanced" computerized system that
is suitable for installation aboard medium- to large-sized fixed-wing aircraft
and which is designed to detect, analyze (parameter measurement), identify
and locate land-based and shipboard
radar emitters that operate within the
1- to 18-GHz frequency band. Again,
its target set is said to include air and
airfield defense systems. The Y-8JB itself shares some of the Y-8CB's external
characteristics together with radomes
beneath its nose, faired into its fin fillet, and mounted on its wingtips, fuselage sides, and above its faired-over
tail turret. Aircraft tail numbers 9331,
9341, 9351, 9361 and 9527 have been
identified as being Y-8JBs, and the type
is said to have been assigned to the
PLAAF's 6th Air Regiment. Again, the
"DZ" suffix in the type's alternative Y8(DZ) designation may stand for Dianzi
Zhencha (ELINT) or Dianzi Zhichi (electronic support).
The KZ800 suite may also form the
basis of the mission system installed
aboard the Y-8G Gaoxin 3 aircraft, which
makes use of the Y-8 Category II F400
airframe. Those aircraft bearing the

tail numbers 2504, 10015, 20778, 21014,
21015, 21016, 21017, 5125, 5126 and
5128 have been identified as being Y8Gs, and the type is said to have been
assigned to the PLAAF's 47th and 58th Air
Regiments and the service's 30 th Electronic Warfare Regiment. Finally, the
second-generation Y-8 transport aircraft (designated as the Y-9) appears to
have spawned its own SIGINT derivative
in the form of the Y-9JB Gaoxin 8 (designation not confirmed) platform. As
such, it is characterized by an extensive array of external features that include radomes on its vertical fin, nose,
lower fuselage, and fuselage sides. Aircraft tail numbers 9221 and 9241 (both
of which were photographed by the
JASDF during late 2014) have been identified as being Y-9JBs, with the type being said to have been assigned to the
PLAN's 6th Air Regiment.
In terms of operational usage, China's Y-8/Y-9 ferrets (and, indeed, its
Tu-154M/Ds) have most frequently been
encountered over the South China Sea
in the area of the group of islands whose
ownership is currently being contested
between China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

TAIWAN
Across the Taiwan Strait, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is also credited
with operating its own ferret capability
in the form of the C-130H, tail number
1351. This aircraft has been modified for
SIGINT collection in a program that began during the mid-1990s and is understood to be equipped with the Airborne
Electronic Surveillance System (AESS)
that has been developed/installed
by Lockheed Martin and Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Science
and Technology. As such, this aircraft
(which is known locally as a C-130HE)
is externally characterized by antenna
arrays mounted beneath its nose, on the
top of its vertical tail surface, on the
sides of its forward fuselage, and in two
small ventral radomes. It is currently
understood to be assigned to a unit that
is stationed at the Republic of China Air
Force's Pingtung airbase.

JAPAN
Japan's airborne SIGINT capability
is vested in the JASDF's YS-11 platform
and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense
Force's (JMSDF) EP-3 aircraft. In reverse order, the JMSDF is reported to

The Kawasaki EP-3 forms the mainstay of the JMSDF's manned airborne SIGINT program. (JMSDF)



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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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