Meet China’s new spy plane (with an Austrian body)

March 14, 2016 5:45 PM (UTC+8)


It’s outfitted for electronic warfare

(From Popular Science)

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

The CSA-003 is China’s newest Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) aircraft. Built by the China Electronic Technology Corporation’s Avionics division, the CSA-003 is a family of special mission aircraft that include maritime patrol and oil spill response.

ELINT is a vital part of today’s military activities and future battlefield. In addition to collecting intelligence on potential enemies’ electronic activity, in a battlefield situation, it enables electronic and cyber attacks against enemy electronics through pinpointing their location and vulnerabilities. Read more

Chinese 'Scout' electronic intelligence aircraft