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Shaanxi Y-8 ASW

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft

China | 2012

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

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft.
4 x Zhuzhou WpJiang-6 (WJ-6) (Ivchenko Ai-20 series) turboprop engines developing 4,250 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
404 mph
650 kph | 351 kts
Max Speed
34,449 ft
10,500 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
3,418 miles
5,500 km | 2,970 nm
Operational Range
2,000 ft/min
610 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft.
121.0 ft
36.88 m
O/A Length
124.7 ft
(38.00 m)
O/A Width
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
O/A Height
78,264 lb
(35,500 kg)
Empty Weight
143,300 lb
(65,000 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft .
None. Mission-specific equipment for the Anti-Submarine Role (ASW) in the way of sensors, radars, and detectors.
Notable series variants as part of the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW family line.
Y-8 ASW - Base Series Designation; model of 2012.
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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.

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Total Production: 50 Units

Contractor(s): Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation - China
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