Japan has released a photo of a new type of Chinese intelligence-gathering aircraft that its fighters intercepted in international airspace over the East China Sea on 3 October.
Known as the GX-8, the aircraft is based on the Shaanxi Y-9 transport.
The GX-8 is believed to be an electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering platform. At least three GX-8s are known to be in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). janes