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CHINA PLANS ON BRINGING Y-20 MILITARY AIRLIFTER INTO SERVICE IN TWO YEARS
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Source: Chinese Ministry of Defense

BEIJING - China's Y-20 "Kunpeng" strategic transport aircraft is on line to be commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) within two years according to Chinese military expert, Xu Yongling. Developed by Xi'an Aircraft Corp (XAC) with design help from Russian and Ukrainian Antonov consultants, the initial test flight on the first prototype airlifter was conducted on January 26, 2013. Test flights for the second and third prototypes were conducted in December 2013 and September-October 2014, respectively.

The prototype aircraft are reportedly powered by Aviadvigael D-30 turbofans, but the production items will have Shenyang WS-20 engines.

The four-engine aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 220 tons and the loading capacity of over 66 tons, making it the largest aircraft yet developed by China. Once in PLAAF service the aircraft will serve to transport armored vehicles and/or personnel of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Source:  China Military Online
Associated URL: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/158212/chinese-y_20-airlif
Source Date: October 22, 2014
Posted: 10/23/2014

 

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