* The second prototype aircraft KJ-200 (based on Y-8F600) took off in January 2005 and June 2006, crashed. On 03 June 2006 the Chinese government made an unusual announcement that a "military transport plane" had crashed in east China's Anhui province. The next day, Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed deep condolences over the death of 40 people in the crash. From Chinese sources, it was discovered that the "transport plane" was probably an AEW (Airborne Early Warning) plane based on Y-8 transport plane airframe. The crash of the PLAAF KJ-200 during a test flight in June 2006 that killed all 40 people on board set back the Chinese AWACS program since the victims were key technical staff in designing and testing the KJ-200. Despite the mishap, China has continued to develop AWACS aircraft for operational use.
2008- 5 examples in service with the PLAAF(30171, 30172, 30173, 30174, 30175) and 6 examples in service with the PLANAF(9371, 9381, 9391, 9401, 9411, 9421) 2010- 5 examples in service with the PLAAF(30176, 30177, 30178, 30179, 30270) and 4 examples in service with the PLANAF(9431, 9441, 9451, 9461)
KJ-2000(Kong Jing 2000) - Production and Deliveries
Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessing the Exercise Sea Spark onboard KE-03 AWACS held in Karachi on Monday, November 09, 2015(13-003)
China claims KJ-500's radar system is 100% indigenous
China claimed a breakthrough in its airborne early warning technology by having indigenous hardware and software components of the KJ-500’s radar.