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Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q / Y-8FQ) Y-8/Y-9

It is believed that the development of Y-8GX-6 (GaoXin 6, also referred to as Y-8FQ or Y-8Q) started from 2007, and it is based on platform Y-8F-600 "category III", which is completely air-tight compartment, WJ-6 engines of increased power (5100 HP).

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft. Equipped with air-launched, anti-ship missiles, sea mines, and son buoys, the plane has an estimated maximum range of approximately 5,00 km and can potentially carry over ten tons.

It is further reported that due to the planes size, it could serve as a command center for Chinese underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs) such as the Haiyan gliderChinas first autonomous underwater glider that can dive up to 1,500 meters deep and claims a range of 1,000 kilometers.

The Y-8GX6, partly based on the Soviet Antonov AN-12, was first revealed in November 2011 and is planned to replace three aging Harbin SH-5 ASW planes, which first entered service in 1986. Until the initiation of the first Y-8GX6, the Harbin SH-5 constituted Peoples Liberation Army Navys East and South Sea Fleets sole long-range aerial ASW capability.

The Y-8Qs most distinctive feature is its seven-meter-long Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) boom, which detects the magnetic signature of enemy submarines metal hulls as the Y-8Q flies over them. Since MAD performance correlates to size, and its seven-meter MAD boom is possibly the largest of its kind among airplanes, the Peoples Liberation Army Navys East and South Sea Fleets would have a sufficient weapon for hunting otherwise sneaky submarines.

Reportedly this Code Y-8GX6 of anti-submarine aircraft weighs 61 tons, cruising speed of 660 kilometers per hour, while the US P-3C same weight 61 tons, cruising speed of 590 km. Both aircraft armament are basically the same, it can carry more than five tons of detection radar, sonar buoys, depth charges and torpedoes.

Russian media speculated that China's new anti-submarine aircraft caem from use of the section for EP-3 electronic reconnaissance aircraft detection technology from the United States. In April 2001, the US EP-3 electronic reconnaissance plane and Chinese fighter plane F-8II collided badly near Hainan and the damaged EP-3 made an emergency landing in Hainan Island airport. Russian media speculated that get a lot of advanced technology and valuable data from the Chinese reconnaissance aircraft damaged. The EP-3 is the P-3C's "sibling", the basic structure of both roughly the same.

The new Chinese anti-submarine aircraft from the photos, it is equipped with four turboprop engines, the front nose mounted radar system, and an elongated tail equipped with a magnetic detection equipment for reconnaissance submarines. The machine is provided below the body has used to store weapons and sonar devices built compartment, it is likely to be China's first large-scale manufacture of anti-submarine aircraft.

Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q / Y-8FQ) Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q / Y-8FQ)



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