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Shaanxi Y-8 ASW


Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft


Aviation / Aerospace

The Shaanxi Y-8 ASW form is based in the Y-8 turboprop-powered transport utilized by the military forces of China.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 4/27/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
One of the most important aircraft available to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is the "Y-8". This turboprop-powered aircraft is based in the Soviet-era Antonov An-12 "Cub" (detailed elsewhere on this site) and is used to cover a myriad of over-battlefield requirements including maritime patrol, MEDEVAC, and general transport of troops and materials. The Y-8 has also been evolved into a submarine-hunter through a new model first appearing in 2012.

This version of the Y-8 military transport retains all of the form-and-function of the original save for a few noticeable add-ons suited for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role. This includes a powerful air-to-surface radar unit housed in a "blister" fairing at the chin position, a side-looking Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) unit, and a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) tube emerging from the extreme aft-end of the fuselage. Along the dorsal and ventral fuselage spines are found a series of inline antenna protrusions for various sensors.

The aircraft is supported through the usual flight crew as well as mission specialists to man the various onboard stations.

Power to the airframe is served through four turboprop engines mounted in underslung nacelles at the shoulder-mounted wing mainplanes. These drive advanced, scimitar-style propeller blades. Performance is assumed to be very similar to the base Y-8 transport.

The aircraft is charged with sorties beyond that of ASW work including monitoring of strategic water areas, target acquisition, and general over-water patrolling. It is operated from land bases and sports a conventional wheeled undercarriage that is wholly retractable.


Specifications



Year:
2012
Status
Active, In-Service
Crew
10
[ 20 Units ] :
Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation - China
National flag of China China
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
- Anti-Ship
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
Length:
121.00 ft (36.88 m)
Width:
124.67 ft (38 m)
Height:
36.09 ft (11 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW production model)
Empty Weight:
78,264 lb (35,500 kg)
MTOW:
143,300 lb (65,000 kg)
(Diff: +65,036lb)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW production model)
4 x Zhuzhou WpJiang-6 (WJ-6) (Ivchenko Ai-20 series) turboprop engines developing 4,250 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW production model)
Max Speed:
404 mph (650 kph; 351 kts)
Service Ceiling:
34,449 feet (10,500 m; 6.52 miles)
Max Range:
3,418 miles (5,500 km; 2,970 nm)
Rate-of-Climb:
2,000 ft/min (610 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
None. Mission-specific equipment for the Anti-Submarine Role (ASW) in the way of sensors, radars, and detectors.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW production model)
Y-8 ASW - Base Series Designation; model of 2012.
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