The Y-8GX-6 and KQ-200 are providing China’s military with new capabilities, and are becoming available in increased numbers. Naval units are also now equipping with these clandestine aircraft.

This is a Y-8GX-6, which is thought to have entered service in 2015.

ELECTRONIC WARFAREFLEW and special mission aircraft may not be as sleek and exciting as fighters, but when it comes to real operations their role cannot be underestimated. Away from the public gaze, China is constantly expanding its capabilities in this area.

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