Friday, February 19, 2010

Advances in PLA C4ISR Capabilities

By: Carlo Kopp

C4ISR (Command Control Communication Computer and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) systems are a key measure of military capability, and an area in which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is steadily advancing. Determining how strong PLA capabilities in this area are presents some analytical challenges, as unlike other areas of PLA military growth, C4ISR has received little public exposure. The Chinese military's ISR systems are more easily surveyed due to the wealth of published imagery, but technical detail on most is scarce and must often be dissected by engineering analysis of antennas or other visual features.

The PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has advanced the furthest in atmospheric ISR capabilities, with the development of the KJ-2000 and KJ-200 Airborne Early Warning and Control systems, which like their Western counterparts, fully integrate active radar and passive radiofrequency sensors, with a comprehensive digital and voice C4 system. These airborne systems employ phased array radar technology one full generation ahead of the U.S. E-3C AWACS and E-2C Hawkeye. The C4 fit on either system has not been disclosed. At least four KJ-2000 systems are claimed operational

5 comments:

PLA C4ISR.

Very interesting/alarming.

Since when the Chinese stopped stealing and managed to make superior technology ?

Very interesting.

The chinese have a very capable electronics industry, and they are fully capable of making full use of it to radically upgrade their C4ISR capabilities.

The chinese have been rapidly modernizing their military over the last two decades, although they are still keeping the old 70s vintage military hardware side by side with the new generation mil hardware.

One should disregard this only at one's own peril.

A typical “China Threat” article to be used by military chiefs for asking more money to buy toys.

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