Don't forget, this aircraft (Y-8) is supposedly going to be used for some type of electronic jamming in addition to the other missions listed. So yes, it looks to be very useful. I wouldn't doubt Pakistan shows a desire to bring this aircraft into their inventory. To answer your question about Y-9, I believe it's the transport version only. Y-8 will cover most of the other duties. Tphuang may be able to correct me here. I'm not sure if it will be configurable like Y-8, but then again, I don't see why not from an engineering standpoint. And again, isn't Y-9 airframe derived from Y-8 anyway? Or at least very similar?Elite-Pilot said:Hello everyone, previously President Musharraf of Pakistan was interested in the Y-8J, that would be the AWACS with the big round nose, similar to the Israeli Phalcon AWACS. It uses a "Sky Master" radar with a range reportedly of 85km, 360 degree coverage.
If the PAF decides to purchase the Y-8J to compliment the Erieyes, it'd be the first user to use this particular AWACS system. Thus, enabling the PAF to have more reliability in it own individual Air Force. I am glad the PLAAF is concentrating to make ELINT,Maritime patrol and AWACS versions of the Y-8 transport air craft. From recent news, I remeber reading something about the Y-9. Will this Transport air craft have these types of other platforms; for example like the AWACS version. If there is such a thing, the take off weight can hold more and allowing the dish/balance beam to be bigger. That'll bring the Y-9 more coverage.
Thanks for your correction here. I had no idea that Y-8 was split into these two categories. A naval support one and an airborne command AWACS. I understand now what you mean about Y-9 also.tphuang said:you are totally wrong here. Y-8J is an AEW used to detect sea objects. It's main job is to coordinate strikes for the DDGs and such. What Musharraf came to see is the mushrrom Y-8. Which is basically the mysterious third type of AWACS with pla. It basically put that KJ-2000 style phased array radar on top of a Y-8. Y-8F600 is pretty much the standard platform that China is using for all of its special mission duties. Y-9 is pretty much just Y-8F600, but using domestic components. So, it would pretty much serve similar purposes.
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