AVIC to put do­mes­tic cargo jet in the skies

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s lead­ing air­craft maker is de­vel­op­ing a large cargo jet based on the Y-20 mil­i­tary trans­port plane in an at­tempt to put an end to for­eign dom­i­nance in the field.

De­sign­ers at the Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China are do­ing pre­lim­i­nary re­searchon the Y-20F-100, a civil­ian vari­ant of theY-20heavy-lift trans­port jet de­vel­oped for the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, and they will redesign the air­frame and cargo load­ing sys­tem, the State-owned de­fense tech­nol­ogy gi­ant said in a state­ment.

“This project rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment to trans­fer­ring mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies to boost civil­ian sec­tors and will fill the ab­sence of a do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped large cargo plane,” the state­ment said.

By the end of last year, there were 122 freight planes in use by cargo air­lines on the Chi­nese main­land and most of their large freight jets were made by Boe­ing and Air­bus, ac­cord­ing to AVIC statistics.

Mean­while, heavy-duty cargo jets used by the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army were mainly im­ported from Rus­sia, in­dus­try ob­servers said, adding that only a hand­ful of avi­a­tion firms in the world are able to de­sign and pro­duce large cargo jets.

The Y-20F-100 will be is dis­played at the 11th China In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion in Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince, ear­lier this month. longer than the Y-20 and can carry 28 air­freight con­tain­ers, or 65met­ric tons of cargo, as well as su­per­sized en­gi­neer­ing equip­ment. It has a max­i­mum range of 8,000 km, AVIC said.

A small-scale model of the Y-20F-100 was dis­played at the 11th China In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion, which ran from Tues­day to Sun­day in Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince.

The bi­en­nial event, com­monly known as the Zhuhai Air Show, is be­lieved to be the largest arms ex­hi­bi­tion in Asia.

De­vel­op­ment of the Y-20 started in 2007. It took its maiden flight in Jan­uary 2013, and per­formed flight shows at the 10th Zhuhai Air Show in Novem­ber 2014 and again last week.

The first batch of Y-20s was de­liv­ered to thePLAAirForce in July.

Zhu Qian, head of AVIC’s large air­craft de­vel­op­ment of­fice, pre­vi­ously told China Daily that more than 1,000 Y-20s and its civil­ian vari­ants will be needed, ex­plain­ing that this fig­ure was cal­cu­lated based on the ex­pe­ri­ence of the United States and Rus­sia, as they have used heavy-lift trans­port air­craft for many years.

Fu Qian­shao, an air­craft ex­pert with the PLA Air Force, said the Y-20 will be de­vel­oped into a large fam­ily that will con­sist of ear­ly­warn­ing planes, aerial re­fu­el­ing tankers and sev­eral civil­ian mod­els.

In ad­di­tion, China will de­velop trans­port jets that are even larger than the Y-20, like theUS’Lock­heed C-5 Galaxy and for­mer Sovi­etUnion’s Antonov An-225 Mriya, ac­cord­ing to Zhu.

Ex­pected trans­port ca­pac­ity of the Y-20F-100 Ex­pected max­i­mum range of the Y-20F-100

A model of the Y-20F-100

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