Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chinese MPA/ASW aircraft based on Y-8F-600 sighted

Photos have appeared on the internet of a new Chinese Maritime Patrol/Anti-Submarine variant of the AVIC-Shanxii Y-8F-600, a modernized version of the Y-8 transport, which is itself a clone of the Soviet/Russian Antonov An-12. The photos seen so far appears to show a weapons bay, chin-mounted surface-search radar, Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) turret immediately in front of the weapons bay and a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) boom on the rear fuselage, which does not have a cargo ramp.

Aviationweek's Bill Sweetman has a little more about this on his blog, as has Feng on which has more photos of the beast(s).

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