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Chinese Y-20 strategic transport aircraft to enter service in People's Liberation Army in two years

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - China
 
 
Chinese Y-20 strategic transport aircraft to enter service in People's Liberation Army in two years
 
The Y-20, China's first domestically designed large transport aircraft developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, is likely to enter service with the People's Liberation Army in the next two years, Chinese newspaper People's Daily reported on Oct. 16.
     
The Y-20, China's first domestically designed large transport aircraft developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, is likely to enter service with the People's Liberation Army in the next two years, Chinese newspaper People's Daily reported on Oct. 16. Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation Y-20 "Kunpeng" large military transport aircraft
     
The Chinese Communist Party said the Y-20 will be shown to the public for the first time at the Zhuhai Airshow in Guangdong province next month. The plane makes China the fourth nation in the world with the ability to develop 200-ton transport aircraft after the United States, Russia and Ukraine, the paper said.

The Y-20 is a landmark in Chinese aviation history as the aircraft is a brand new design, the report said, since unlike older transport aircraft such as the Y-7 and Y-8, which were based on Russian models, the Y-20 is an entirely Chinese design. People's Daily said Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation has gained experience through developing fighters and bombers from the 1990s.