China will be showcasing its ‘new’ bomber aircraft and airborne early warning and control (AEWC) aircraft in the upcoming military parade in Beijing as part of China’s commemoration of 70th anniversary of the end of World War II September 3, Chinese state media Xinhua reports.
The bomber plane was independently developed for long-distance precision strikes and was loosely based on a previous bomber model but 90 percent has been refitted, leading pilot of the parade debut formation Bao Lianjing said.
“Besides the tiller and the rudder, everything else has been upgraded,” Bao noted.
While the AEWC aircraft is a medium-sized aircraft with multi-sensor unit which can support surveillance missions and perform command and control maneuvers, Chinese pilot Song Xianping.
The report added that eleven foot formations, 27 armament formations, ten aircraft formations and two veteran teams will be included in the parade.