KJ-200, or ‘Y-8 Balance Beam’ system, is an AEW&C program developed by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation. The key component of this aircraft is a brand new airborne radar system, visually similar to the Ericsson Erieye AESA system, as well as ventral radar domes. The platform of this aircraft is based on the latest Y-8 transport aircraft variation, Y-8F-600. It was reported Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150B turboprops and Honeywell avionics were added to the design. In Chinese National Day military parade 1/10/2009, the Air Force KJ-200 took the role as a lead plane.

  运-8是安-12中型战术运输机中国版,它拥有超过20种改进型。近十年来,中国在运-8的基础上,改进出包含电子战、电子侦察、海上巡逻等被称为“高新”系列的特种机。上图,就是我们常常在中日东海争端海域上空出现的几款运-8系列特种机。

  国产“运八”飞机是陕飞公司在前苏联安-12军用战术运输机的基础上自行研制的中程多用途运输机,为中型四发涡轮螺桨多用途运输机。在新大运服役之前,运八是我国自主生产制造的最大运输平台,在历次救灾行动中也都扮演了重要角色。随着中国空军体系不断完善,以运八为平台的一系列高新机正成为空军特种作战的中坚。