China has begun operating at least five domestically-developed heavy transport aircraft, the Y-20 in West China recently, Global Times reports citing experts from news portal guancha.cn on Wednesday.
This was the first time so many Y-20 transporters had been seen in public after it officially entered service in the air force in 2016. Google screen grabs suggests the transporters were seen at an airport in Qionglai city, Sichuan Province on December 9.
The military in the Western Theater Command is currently equipped with Y-8 and Y-7 aircraft. The Y-20 will support transport missions in the Western Theater Command and will not completely replace the Y-8 and Y-7, Xu Yongling, a retired PLA chief test pilot and an expert at the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, told the Global Times. "China has no more than 100 transport aircraft. This is still far short of transport demand. The Y-20, together with the Y-8 and Y-7, will complement each other and strengthen PLA's overall transport capability," Xu said.
Developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of China's leading military aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the Y-20 has a maximum takeoff weight of 200 tons and is ideal for transporting cargo and personnel over long distances in diverse weather conditions.
China's J-20 and Y-20 have begun training together, and many pilots are able to fly other new types of fighters in formation and are combat-ready, Chinese military experts said. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's new weapons have developed significantly in the past five years
A Chinese-made military transport plane, said to be a low-price competitor to the Boeing C-17, made a test flight with a 'record number of passengers'. The passengers were all members of an Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) Y-20 development group, state-owned Global Times reported today without mentioning the number of 'passengers' or for what reason the feat is called a record
Chinese scientists are reportedly developing a new solid fuel rocket which could be launched from countrys first domestically made jumbo air freighter, the Yun-20. According to experts at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), they are developing a new solid fuel rocket which could be launched by the Yun-20 in flight, sending a 100-kg load into near-earth orbit,
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