PICTURE: Shaanxi Y-8 variant with side looking radar?

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During my morning stroll through China’s defence web sites Icame across what could be yet another version of the Shaanxi Y-8, thefour-engined turboprop that China seems to adapt to every role imaginable.

The bulges on the right side of the fuselage suggest side-lookingsynthetic aperture radar, but not sure about the winglets on the tips of the horizontalstabilizers, or the large wing-tip fairings.

Coincidentally this image has emerged just a few days afterphotos of what could be a tested for a new carrier-borne AEW&C aircraft.

Never a dull moment following China.  

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