China Confirms Y-7 for AEW for Carrier Ops

A January 24 issue of the People’s Daily confirms that the military plans to use the Xian Y-7 as a carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft for carrier based missions. See original article and below photos. You’ll notice that the Y-7’s tail has been modified for carrier landings on the Liaoning. The Chinese have also been studying the U.S. E-2 Hawkeye, which is evident from these mock ups.