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Brigadier
Interesting video

Anyone else notice it looks like serial 10257

That would make it the 27th unit in operation

That is not surprising since we have already seen a line up of them before

 

Hendrik_2000

Brigadier
Via Xinhui from CDF. Looking forwad for Y 30 Ayone has picture of it ?
I guess now they have the capacity to built more of Y-9 so they offer it for export
Chinese Transport Goes on Sale
In the meantime, Shaanxi is working on a new transport aircraft known as the Y-30. Models show an aircraft with a T-tail that closely resembles the Airbus A400M, but the Y-30 is smaller. Development of this aircraft is driven by the need for an aircraft with a larger cargo hold than the Y-9 that is better suited to carrying China’s new-generation of military vehicles.
by David Donald
- June 20, 2017, 3:44 AM
Form follows function: The Shaanxi Y-9E resembles the Lockheed Martin C-130 and fulfills the same role.

CATIC is displaying a model of the Shaanxi Y-9E for the first time outside China. The four-engine transport is in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, and is now being promoted to international customers. The Y-9E is a version of the PLAAF aircraft tailored for export that was first revealed in model form at the Zhuhai air show last November. Myanmar is believed to have placed an order for one Y-9E that month.

Development of what became the Y-9 began around 2001 under the initial designation of Y-8X. The aircraft is an outgrowth of the Shaanxi Y-8, a derivative of the Antonov An-12 that Shaanxi has been building and improving for many years. Generally similar to the final Y-8 production version, the Y-9 has a fuselage stretched to 36.06 m (118 ft, 4 in), uprated FWJ6C engines driving JL-4 propellers with six composite blades, and a six-screen EFIS “glass” flight deck. Other changes include small endplates on the tailplanes for additional directional stability, and most are equipped with an electro-optical/infrared turret under the nose for bad weather/low level operations. In many ways the relationship between Y-8 and Y-9 can be likened to that between the first-generation C-130 and the C-130J.

After a stop-start development the first Y-9 flew on November 5, 2010, the type entering PLAAF service in 2012. The PLA Army began operating the type in December 2016. A number of special-mission versions have emerged, including the KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft with dorsally mounted radome, and variants for electronic warfare, intelligence-gathering and psychological warfare. CATIC is highlighting the ease with which the Y-9E can be modified for such missions.

In the meantime, Shaanxi is working on a new transport aircraft known as the Y-30. Models show an aircraft with a T-tail that closely resembles the Airbus A400M, but the Y-30 is smaller. Development of this aircraft is driven by the need for an aircraft with a larger cargo hold than the Y-9 that is better suited to carrying China’s new-generation of military vehicles.

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TerraN_EmpirE

Tyrant King
Not surprised, combat in the last 2 decades has driven even humvee class vehicle to be armored driving up there weight. The days of relying on vehicles of 10 tons as a specialized armored vehicle are rapidly ending as the needs push even humvee class vehicles to the way side in favor of MRAPs the result is the increased need for a lifter to move more and more medium weight armor demanding air lifters larger then the C160 and C130 class. The An70, A400M, Kc390, C2 are coming on line to fill the gaps between the Tactical and Strategic class lifters.
And expect more the Russians and the US both also have requirements for lifters in this class in the works.
These heavy medium weights between 30 and 50 ton class are also well suited for tanker duties and can free up the older tactical lifters to take the special mission jobs that they also have a habit of taking like for the PLAAF AEW, Electronic warfare, Search and survalence, as well as lighter tactical logistics like light infantry and special ops deployment.
 
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