Y-20 aircraft tanker's variant to debut soon, AEW variant to follow: Air Force officer
"The Y-20 cargo plane has variants like the Y-20 aerial tanker and Y-20 AEW aircraft. I believe that people will see our Y-20 aerial tanker debut on the battlefield in the not too distant future," Teng Hui, commander of an Air Force aviation regiment of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Command and a Y-20 pilot, said on China Central Television on Monday.
The Y-20's chief designer Tang Changhong said several times that there would be variants, and a prototype tanker variant of the Y-20 was spotted on commercial satellite photos by foreign media in 2018. It is widely expected that the tanker variant will work together with and eventually replace the very few imported Il-78 tankers and the domestically developed but less capable HU-6.
When repurposed for aerial refueling, the Y-20 will be able to carry about 90 tons of fuel, similar to the Il-78, and much more than the HU-6's capacity of under 30 tons, reported Ordnance Industry Science Technology, a Xi'an-based periodical on the national defense industry, in 2019.
The more I look at this, the more I'm Convinced the USA and the West have done China a favour by sanctioning China after 1989. This means China had to develop their own indigenous aircrafts. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Agree it is invaluable. I remember US refused to provide parts for China's S-70 helicopter for relief effort in the aftermath of 2008 Sichuan Earthquake where 90,000 died. S-70 was the only Chinese owned helicopter operable in the remote mountains of Sichuan at that time,So it is particularly satisfying to see all these Y20 contributing to the relief efforts. And they will be invaluable in days to come, particularly with their new engines!
So much for humanity and "champions" of human rights. Just watch people died because...... Just because..Agree it is invaluable. I remember US refused to provide parts for China's S-70 helicopter for relief effort in the aftermath of 2008 Sichuan Earthquake where 90,000 died. S-70 was the only Chinese owned helicopter operable in the remote mountains of Sichuan at that time,
sorry asif,no doubt the 2008 earthquake resulted in China going all out for its rotary and heavy transport
a blessing in disguise
I'm sure Asif didn't mean for it to come out sounding like the way it did!sorry asif,
I have to disagree with your wording, because a major earthquake killing thousands could not have been a blessing in any sense.
China turning a crisis into opportunity sounds much more appropriate.