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Nov
11

Pics Of New Chinese ASW Aircraft

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“.

If you haven’t added “Information Dissemination” to your blogroll, you really should. It’s a well-written site with excellent authors and articles.

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4 Responses to “Pics Of New Chinese ASW Aircraft”


  1. November 21, 2011 at 16:56

    Looks an awful lot like a P-3……. Probably based off of the P-3 the captured a few years ago.

  2. 2 SCOTTtheBADGER
    November 21, 2011 at 21:28

    China makes me think more and more of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere every day. The Chinese are arrogant enough that they will make the same mistakes, though, but the Communists will think they will get away with it.

  3. 3 Scott Cochran "Scooter" AW1 Retired
    November 21, 2011 at 21:55

    Looks like a cross between a P-3 and a C-130

  4. November 21, 2011 at 23:50

    Something to ponder, fellows: Look at that image and examine the props. We also use “J” props on some of our birds. However, from the appearance of these, it would seem that these rotate counter-clockwise, whereas ours rotate clockwise.

    My interest is piqued as to why that might be. It wouldn’t really matter much, just interesting to note.


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