China's heavy transport aircraft Y-20 takes first flight
China’s first domestically-developed heavy transport aircraft, the Y-20, has successfully taken off for its first test flight on January 26.
As a large and multi-role transport aircraft, the Y-20 can carry out long-range transportation missions even under complicated weather conditions. The Y-20 was developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of China’s leading military aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
The successful test flight is a significant boost to China’s capabilities in national defense, rescue and relief work, and humanitarian aid. Reports say more tests are planned.
Aircraft: Y-20, China’s first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, which is similar in size to the Russian Il-76 and somewhat smaller than the US C-17
Engine: China is actively developing high-thrust turbofan engines. Currently, the Y-20 can not be equipped with such advanced engines but be fit out with the imported D-30KP2 engine temporarily.
Test flight time: around 2:00 pm, January 26, 2013, from an airport in Yanliang, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province
Aircraft developer: Y-20 is developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's leading military aircraft maker.
Source: People's Daily online
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"The Y-20 strengthens China's long-distance transportation which has long been a weakness for China's air force, and China is stepping closer to becoming a strategic air force," military expert Chen Hu said in an opinion piece published in the Hubei Daily.
Wu Guohui, professor with National Defense University PLA China told the Beijing Times that there is still a long way to go between a maiden flight and deploying the aircraft.
China Military Online: SAF expert: Y-20 outperforms Il-76
The Y-20 is in the phase of test and finalization. If everything goes well, the Y-20 will have to undergo a minimum-three-year-long flight test and a minimum-five-year-long comprehensive test. Therefore, 2017 is the earliest date by which the PLA Air Force will have home-made large transport aircraft.
South China Morning Post: Y-20 heavy transport aircraft to boost military capabilities
The development of the Y-20 heavy transport aircraft will benefit the military and civilian aviation industries if engine problems can be overcome, military experts said.
AFP: China tests new military transport plane
China has carried out a test flight of its biggest-ever army transport aeroplane, state media said, as the country strengthens its military capabilities.
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