Turbo prob is more efficient than jet engine by far So what are you complaining about It is not as fast that is the downside. They don't carry missile I think. But other than that it is ok Japan has 100 of those P3 still operating.Are there any plans to replace these special function aircrafts with a new class of turbofan planes?
Compared to more modern planes like P1 and P8, these Y8s are starting to show their age, with less endurance and ability to carry missiles, torpedoes
China's world-leading KJ-500 early warning
But this is official vs guess !
Sorry but thank you for playing.I think most armies worldwide use turboprop planes for early warning systems, since these planes are designed for range and endurance, not speed.
The C919 has too many American components which are embargoed against military use.With the Emergence of Y20 (closer in class to A50/KJx000 class) or Comac C919 (twin engine more fuel efficiency) it may shift away from the Y8/Y9 awacs so sure up the AEW fleet perhaps start expanding the Y9 to tanker or tactical roles, however that’s conjecture on my part.