Images Confirm Y-8Q MPAs in Service With China's Northern Theatre Command

Photographs have recently emerged in Chinese online forums confirming that the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-8Q (also known as GX6 or KQ-200) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) is in service with Northern Theatre Command of the Chinese military, having already been deployed with the Eastern and Southern Theatre Commands.<br />At least two photographs have...

Photographs have recently emerged in Chinese online forums confirming that the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-8Q (also known as GX6 or KQ-200) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) is in service with Northern Theatre Command of the Chinese military, having already been deployed with the Eastern and Southern Theatre Commands.

At least two photographs have emerged of Y-8Qs bearing four-digit serial numbers adhering to the format 9xx1, indicating that the platforms are also being operated by the 2nd Naval Aviation Division (6th Regiment) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) within the Northern Theatre Command. The first time Y-8Qs were observed in satellite imagery at the corresponding base at Dalian Tuchengzi was in June 2018.

Source: www.janes.com