Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shaanxi Y-8 High New Aircraft Series

The Y-8 High New series of aircraft are force multipliers used by the Chinese armed forces. At least 7 different types have been identified.

Their use includes electronic attack, jamming and counter measures, providing targeting info, airborne command, electronic/signal intelligence, early warning, anti submarine warfare and psychological warfare.

All use the Y-8 manufactured by Shaanxi, which in turn is based on the Antonov AN-12. The GX5 and GX6 also use the improved Category 3 platform.

Included, although not in use by the Chinese armed forces, is the ZDK-03, which is a modified version of the GX5 with a rotodome developed for the Pakistani armed forces.

The Category 3 platform is also used for the new Y-9.

Specifications of the baseline Y-8
Crew: 3
Payload: 20,000 kg
Length: 34.02m
Wingspan: 38.0m
Height: 11.6m
Wing area: 121.9m²
Empty weight: 35,490kg
Useful load: 20,000kg
Max. takeoff weight: 61,000kg
Powerplant: 4 × Zhuzhou WoJiang-6 (WJ-6) turboprops, 3,170kW (4,250hp) each
Maximum speed: 660km/h
Cruise speed: 550km/h
Range: 5,615km
Service ceiling: 10,400m
Rate of climb: 10m/s


Y-8 GX1: electronic attack, jamming and counter measures aircraft

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Y-8 GX2: maritime targeting aircraft

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Y-8_GX1_2.jpg

Y-8 GX3: airborne command post

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Y-8_GX1_2.jpg

Y-8 GX4: ELINT aircraft

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Y-8_GX4_2.jpg

Y-8 GX5: AWACS aircraft

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Y-8_GX5_2.jpg

Y8 GX6: ASW aircraft

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Y8 GX7: psychological warfare aircraft

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Y-8_GX7_2.jpg

Y8 GX8: ELINT / SIGINT aircraft

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Y-8_GX8_2.jpg


ZDK-03: AWACS aircraft

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ZDK-03_2.jpg

Photos credit original posters, via Chinese Internet

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