Feng, over to Information Dissemination has a nice article, along with a few images, of China’s new ASW aircraft. China has followed the pattern of a medium to long range turboprop, and the result is, at least, pleasing to the eye. Not many details of it’s sensor suite are available, but it does appear to have a MAD boom.
From the article:
The long rumoured ASW aircraft has finally been revealed. In recent photos from an airport (my guess in Shaanxi AC), we see Y-8 ASW aircraft (dubbed HIgh New 6) amongst them. Here are some of its photos. You can see from here that it has a large surface search radar under its chin, a FLIR sensor, internal bomb bays on both side of of the middle section of fuselage, a series of antennas underneath the fuselage and MAD boom at the back. You can also see a large window on each side of the rear fuselage for observation purpose. The aircraft itself is using the Y-8 Category 3 platform as can be seen by the 6 blade propellers.
This platform is another step in the PLAN’s journey to develop and deploy a blue water Navy capable of projecting power throughout the Pacific. Those who underestimate the long-game that the Chinese are playing do so at their own peril. China has every intention of replacing these United States as the dominate Naval and political power in the Pacific, without making the mistakes the Japanese made with their “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere“.
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