Y-20 cargo aircraft to enter service in two years

The first Chinese-designed medium transport aircraft is likely to enter service with the People's Liberation Army in the next two years.


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The Y-20, the first Chinese-designed medium transport aircraft developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corp., is likely to enter service with the People’s Liberation Army in the next two years, People’s Daily reported. The Y-20 will be shown to the public for the first time at the Zhuhai Airshow in Guangdong province next month.

A report published by National Defense University in Beijing said China at present lacks the cargo planes to match its rivals in the Asia-Pacific. The report said the US has 700 cargo aircraft while Russia has 800 and India has 200 medium and large-size transport aircraft. China needs 400 medium-sized transport aircraft like the Y-20 to equip 20 air regiments to meet the needs of the PLA Air Force, the report said.

(Source: Want ChinaTimes)