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 version of the Y-8/Y-9 platform that dates back to the mid-1970s. Details are sketchy, but IHS Jane’s has previously reported that the Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) features a redesigned wing and pressurised fuselage with composite structures (completed with the assistance of the Antonov Corporation), WJ-6C turboshaft engines, and six-bladed propellers.
Full article: China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant (IHS Jane’s 360)