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Possible Naval AEW&C Bird for China

Here's what might be further evidence of China's quickly evolving efforts to field an aircraft carrier with a full on and modern air wing; grainy pictures of what's possibly a Chinese E-2 Hawkeye style airborne early warning bird.

Maybe they won't be able to operate off China's Shi Lang carrier, which uses a ski-ramp rather than catapults to launch jets but it could still support and protect the carrier and its battle group in the same way as the U.S. E-2s currently do.

It's one more sign that China is getting serious about fielding a real carrier strike group in the near future not just testing out how to fly a few fighters off a flat top.

Images via China Defense Blog.

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