China's transport, tanker & heavy lift aircraft


Totoro

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In April we got that image of the possibly first Y-20 tanker within an active unit. Is there any indication as to how many airframes might be in service by now?
Also, what is the designation of the tanker variant? Y-20U perhaps?
 

Deino

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In April we got that image of the possibly first Y-20 tanker within an active unit. Is there any indication as to how many airframes might be in service by now?
Also, what is the designation of the tanker variant? Y-20U perhaps?


Exactly ... most likely called Y-20U - even if Y-20AU would also make seince since based on the Y-20A - and as per @huitong it "entered the service with the PLAAF 13th Division, along with Il-78s, wearing a low-visibility color scheme. It was rumored that two (20241, 20242?) are currently in service."
 

by78

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A few more.

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