Chinese companies are promoting a range of systems for developing nations, including an armed China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) WJ-700 unmanned air vehicle (UAV) and electronic warfare (EW) kits for helicopters and aircraft.

Chinese defence companies have a high profile at this year’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show in Malaysia, where Beijing’s August 1st display team is also appearing in the flying display.

WJ-700 model

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The armed WJ-700 model on display in Langkawi

One Chinese exhibitor, the China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation, bills itself as China’s top missile supplier. 

Its stand features a model of the WJ-700, which is being offered for export. A model of the turbojet-powered WJ-700 features four underwing hardpoints. These are equipped with two CM-102 anti-radiation missiles and two CM-502KG short-range anti-ship missiles. 

In early 2021, images posted on Chinese social media showed a group of people at an undisclosed air base holding a banner celebrating the first flight of the high-altitude, long-endurance UAV, although imagery of an airborne WJ-700 has yet to appear.

Chinese state media has reported that the WJ-700 has undergone an extensive test programme in China, and that its endurance is 15h.

Separately, Chinese electronics firm CETC is promoting airborne EW kits. The JN1101-H ‘Heilborne Communication EW System’ can be integrated into rotorcraft such as the Russian Helicopters Mil Mi-17.

The system is optimised to disrupt air-to-air, air-to-ground, and ground-to-ground communications. 

Another system, the JN1101-F, can be installed aboard medium and large fixed-wing aircraft, and is focused on the communications intelligence mission, as well as jamming signals.

CETC is also promoting a more compact EW system designated JN1101-U for use aboard UAVs.

“It is capable of flying deep into enemy territory and providing in-depth attack on enemy nodal points whereas posing no interference to its own communications,” it says.

CETC also is displaying imagery of a powerful truck-based system, the JN1199, that can jam a range of frequencies used by both radios and radars.  An illustration shows it jamming the radar of a Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, an airborne early warning and control aircraft used by countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and the USA.