|JY-26 Phased Array Radar|
The JY-26 phased array radar, co-developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology, also known as the 14th Institute, will be on display at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai commencing Tuesday.
Other top attractions at China's largest airshow will include the J-31 fifth-generation jet and the Y-20 large military transport aircraft.
The JY-26, which is said to have an unusual appearance featuring small cylindrical columns, will be primarily used for remote air surveillance missions. The newly designed VHF/UHF radar has a detection distance of 500 kilometers and high accuracy capabilities, earning comparisons to the KJ-2000 Chinese Airborne Early Warning and Control system.
A researcher at the 14th Institute told Huanqiu that the JY-26 has three main characteristics: a large data transfer rate, super high speed and excellent flexibility, as the direction of the radar beam can be changed according to need.
The JY-26 is part of China's aim to counter the rise of stealth fighters, such as the F-22 fighter jet and the B-2 bomber being deployed by the United States in the Asia Pacific, as well as plans announced by South Korea, Japan and India to roll out their own stealth aircraft projects.
The 14th Institute claims that the JY-26 has already successfully tracked an F-22 fighter in South Korean air space in east China's Shandong province during testing.