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Micronesia receives first-ever non-civilian aircraft

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Micronesia
 
 
Micronesia receives first-ever non-civilian aircraft
 
A Chinese-made Y-12E aircraft was delivered to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), an island nation on the Western Pacific, on Friday, Nov. 10. The aircraft was manufactured by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd.
     
Micronesia security force receives first ever vilian aircraft 640 001A Harbin Y-12E transport aircraft
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"It will be used for cargo transport, rescue and medical services in Micronesia," said Liu Huinan, deputy chief engineer at the company.

The purchase order was obtained in 2013, he said.

Consisting of more than 600 islands, Micronesia has a stronger demand for air transportation.

The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo transport, geological exploration, ocean monitoring and agriculture. The aircraft has obtained certification in more than ten countries including Russia, the United States and France.

The Y-12E variant features 18 passenger seats. It is powered by two PT6A-135A engines of equal horsepower but increased torque driving four-bladed propellers. This version was certified by the FAA in 2006.