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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GX-6 to boost China's anti-submarine capabilities

GX-6 MPAChina's new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action, reports China's nationalist Global Times tabloid.

Citing leaked photos posted on a military forum, Global Times claims that the GX-6, which has been modified from the Y-8 medium-size medium-range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, has recently begun supporting troops from the PLA's Naval Air Force.

In modern submarine warfare, anti-submarine platforms like surface vessels and submarines lack a distinct advantage, which is why aerial anti-submarine strategies, with their short response time and high speed and mobility, are most effective, the report said.

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