29 Jun '15, 10am

#China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

#China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft, national media reported in late June. An unspecified number of the four-engined Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) turboprops have now been inducted into the North Sea Fleet, which is responsible for the maritime domain that stretches from the North Korean border to Lianyungang (Jiangsu Province), some three-and-a-half years after the type was first revealed in late 2011. No further details about the entry-into-service were revealed in the report, which appeared on a Chinese defence blogging site, except that the Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) may be rolled out to the PLAN's East and South Sea Fleets at a later date. First revealed in November 2011 via a series of images, the Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) is the latest v...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/52603/china-fields-new-marit...

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