China has handed over the Y-8 mid-size military transport aircraft to Kazakhstan, an aircraft considered as competitor to the US-made C-130.
Produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, the Y-8F200W is expected to land on Wednesday in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, coming from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to the corporation's official WeChat account on Sunday.
The mid-size transport aircraft is the most practical and popular transport aircraft on the international market, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese air defense expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
The Chinese Y-8 is the more cost-efficient choice than the C-130, according to Fu.
The four-engine turboprop aircraft is based on the Russian Antonov An-12. It can be used for air delivery, transportation, emergency rescue and marine operation. Fu said that the successful export to Kazakhstan increases the potential to enter the Middle East and African countries.
The Y-8 transport aircraft has already been exported to Pakistan, Myanmar and Venezuela.
Aside from the Y-8, the Kazakhstan military has bought Chinese drones.
A Chinese military Y-8 surveillance aircraft was spotted while flying over international waters east of Taiwan Wednesday. The flight path of the Y-8 aircraft as over the Western Pacific Ocean, through the Miyako Strait between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa islands, and into the East China Sea east of Taiwan, the Japan ministry of defense said
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has purchased the Chinese-made “Karakoram Eagle “airborne early warning aircraft. The aircraft, a variant developed to Pakistani requirements and designated ZDK-03, is equipped a Chinese AESA radar mounted on the Shaanxi Y-8F600 four turboprop transport aircraft
A Russian-origin Mi-8 military helicopter belonging to Kazakhstan crashed in the south-western part of the country on Wednesday, killing all 13 on board the aircraft. “13 servicemen were killed
Washington has blamed Beijing's intellectual property theft as the reasons for its defence industry's dependency on Chinese raw material that go into critical American weapons such as missiles and munitions. A report prepared or President Trump released yesterday says, “All facets of the manufacturing and defense industrial base are currently under threat," and the US is faced with the issue of entire industries being "near domestic extinction
China has successfully tested three types of scaled-down hypersonic aircraft models together whose speed will be adjustable for a precision strike towards an unstoppable nuclear-capable weapon, the state media reported on Sunday. Tests of the three scaled-down models of the "wide-speed-range vehicles", which can fly at from hypersonic velocity to lower than the speed of sound, were carried out on September 21 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China, the state broadcaster CCTV reported
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