PLA Navy's anti-sub plane a star in Straits

Release time:2020-10-23 Publisher:Lanka Voice

An anti-submarine aircraft operated by the PLA Navy has received a lot of publicity recently after a series of patrols along the Taiwan Straits.
The PLA Eastern Theater Command has published three posts on its WeChat account over the past month about recent training and live-fire exercises carried out by the Y-8 anti-submarine patrol plane.
The posts contained pictures and video clips of the fixed-wing aircraft and said pilots have been conducting intensive combat training recently. Among its missions, the Eastern Theater Command is believed to be responsible for operations in the Taiwan Straits.
Announcements by military authorities in Taiwan show the Y-8 has been the Chinese mainland military hardware most photographed in the Taiwan Straits by Taiwan's military pilots over the past month.
Li Jie, a former researcher at the PLA Naval Research Academy, said the aircraft is tasked with detecting enemy submarines and sinking them if needed. He said it has significantly boosted the Navy's anti-submarine capability, which had been severely restricted for many years by poor equipment and a lack of experience.
"The United States Navy has frequently sent its carrier strike groups to China's coastal waters, including the Taiwan Straits, and such groups have advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines," Li said."The US Navy never reports developments of its submarines' tasks. In addition, Japanese submarines are often dispatched to waters near us. How could we know what they have done in our waters?"
Li said increasing Y-8 training and exercises in sensitive regions is necessary, adding that the plane is fast, has a long operational range and strong detection capabilities.
A Chinese defense industry insider who requested anonymity said the Y-8 can perform many operations that other types of aircraft cannot.

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