Y-20, the all new Chinese freighter seems to be having its inspiration from USAF C -17 s are still capable and superior if their specs are to be believed. Produced by AVIC or Aviation Industry Corporation of China this
Our Editor M.M.D.Khan opines that, ‘Though the new Y – 20 is far to behind in capabilities particular considering Russian An-225, it surely is a sign of fast pace at which the Chinese are closing gap with world leaders in this area of Military Transport’.
The Chinese military says it has successfully tested its first, mostly-made-in-China, long distance heavy cargo plane.
State-media says the freighter, dubbed the Y-20, took off from an air force base near Xi’an in northwestern Shaanxi Province.
The plane can reportedly fly over 27,000 miles with 66 tons of freight. This means it can travel more than half way around the earth, with roughly the weight of an army tank.
The Chinese army currently uses Russian IL-76 freighters. It has a much shorter range, and a lighter load capacity.
The Y-20 looks similar to the U.S. Air Force’s C-17 cargo planes. It will use dated Russian jet engines though until the Chinese army develops its own.
The Chinese regime spends heavily on its military. Officially, it has the world’s second-largest defense budget after the United States.
China says it’s military spending is purely defensive. Recent aggressive movement to assert territorial claims have unnerved its neighbors though, prompting them to boost defense spending as well.