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Chinese AEW&C aircraft effective for mission over E China Sea

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 09:48, February 01, 2014

Since the establishment of the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) has constantly been a subject of public discussion.

A recent report about the first PLA AEW&C aircraft fleet captured immediate attention from both at home and abroad after being published. In an interview with China Central Television, Du Wenlong, a Chinese military expert, said that with the AEW&C aircraft, China can efficiently contain reconnaissance made by foreign forces.

It is reported that all-day-long incessant patrols have been carried out in the past few days by the AEW&C aircraft force to monitor the ADIZ in the East China Sea. In the future, the system will directly command an air combat cluster including fighters, bombers and tankers in coordination with the ground forces.

According to Du, the Chinese AEW&C aircraft are capable of accurately monitoring, identifying, tracking and warning different types of foreign military aircraft that enter the ADIZ. Any reconnaissance or surveillance operations targeted at China can be detected by the system, and when necessary, the system can guide fighters to intercept malicious intruders efficiently.

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