Air Platforms

Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV

03 December 2019

An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The somewhat blurry photograph, which emerged in early December, shows a GJ-2 featuring several rod-shaped antennas configured in a circular array fitted underneath the fuselage that could serve as a communications band-direction-finding array capable of not only intercepting communication signals but also providing a bearing of the transmitter.

A blister is also evident on the side of the forward fuselage, which may house several directional radar-sensing antennas.

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