If/when the advertised purchase of 30 il76 goes through it will greatly increase china's airlift abilities. With those new aircraft china's combined airlift capacities of its il76 fleet, y-8 fleet, y-7 fleet and some calculated 250 units of its y-5 fleet would rise to 3570 tons of cargo or 16800 equipped troops in one run. That's calculated for under 1000 km range, as i don't see the need for longer runs in taiwan scenario. Of course i'm not saying that a force of several hundred of transport planes can operate at the same time on an area size of taiwan, for example. I'm just talking about potential.

I used the figure of 14 previously purchased il76, minus one that is reffited for AEW. 43 Il76s would give 2020 tons of cargo lift or 8170 equipped troops. If china has more previously bought IL76 (i found a figure of up to 20) of course the airlift potential would be even greater.

48 y-8 fleet can carry 960 tons of cargo or some 4600 equipped troops. However, i don't know what number of these planes is used for roles other than transport.

80 y-7 can carry 440 tons of cargo or some 2000 equipped troops. Finally, figures for y-5 were extremely hard to find, some going into over 400 range. But given how it's an old airplane i went with a conservative 250 fleet assumption. such a number would give ability to lift 250 tons or 2000 equipped troops.

All these airplanes can load/unload their cargo on their own, without any access ramps or additional airport equipment. There is also a number of commercial airliners in PLAF's service, combined able to ferry at least additional 2000 troops at once. These, of course, need conventional runways and must have stairways and ramps to get the troops/cargo on and off the planes.

Finally, does anyone have data for cargo hold specs on the il76md? i know weight wise it could haul one tank based on t72/t80 design but is the cargo hold wide enough?

I used the figure of 14 previously purchased il76, minus one that is reffited for AEW. 43 Il76s would give 2020 tons of cargo lift or 8170 equipped troops. If china has more previously bought IL76 (i found a figure of up to 20) of course the airlift potential would be even greater.

48 y-8 fleet can carry 960 tons of cargo or some 4600 equipped troops. However, i don't know what number of these planes is used for roles other than transport.

80 y-7 can carry 440 tons of cargo or some 2000 equipped troops. Finally, figures for y-5 were extremely hard to find, some going into over 400 range. But given how it's an old airplane i went with a conservative 250 fleet assumption. such a number would give ability to lift 250 tons or 2000 equipped troops.

All these airplanes can load/unload their cargo on their own, without any access ramps or additional airport equipment. There is also a number of commercial airliners in PLAF's service, combined able to ferry at least additional 2000 troops at once. These, of course, need conventional runways and must have stairways and ramps to get the troops/cargo on and off the planes.

Finally, does anyone have data for cargo hold specs on the il76md? i know weight wise it could haul one tank based on t72/t80 design but is the cargo hold wide enough?

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