China's transport, tanker & heavy lift aircraft

Blitzo

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Technically this also doesn't answer your question because this is from January this year, some five months ago, and is at only one singular air base.

So really this image is already quite out of date.
Still neat of course, but nevertheless it fits in the category of "no new images for months"
 

ismellcopium

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What's the estimate for currently produced YY-20s, is it still 17? Got thoroughly lost with all these serials, repainted numbers, etc....

Is a 10/yr production rate realistic for the tanker variant only over next few yrs?
 

Akame

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Görünen o ki, yeniden numaralandırılmış başka bir YY-20A tankeri yeni 2054x modeliyle onaylandı. Büyük ihtimalle seri numarası 20542 eski 20842 idi.

(Resim atc1110 tarafından Jetphotos'tan alınmıştır)

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Şu ana kadar Y-20'lerin sayısı 100'ü geçti mi?
As it seems, another renumbered YY-20A tanker confirmed with the new 2054x-pattern. Most likely serial number 20542 was the former 20842.

(Image by atc1110 from Jetphotos)

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Has the number of Y-20s exceeded 100 so far?
 

ChinaWatcher1

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What's the estimate for currently produced YY-20s, is it still 17? Got thoroughly lost with all these serials, repainted numbers, etc....

Is a 10/yr production rate realistic for the tanker variant only over next few yrs?
Im also curious about this. Is there somebody keeping track of it. I think it is of paramount importance given how tankers are one major are where PLA is really behind US. Lack of information about production rates are infuriating for me.
 

ismellcopium

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Im also curious about this. Is there somebody keeping track of it. I think it is of paramount importance given how tankers are one major are where PLA is really behind US. Lack of information about production rates are infuriating for me.
I think someone, maybe Deino or something, said around 15 a year for all types seems reasonable? And yes I'd assume at least a 2:1 ratio or so would make sense given the glaring tanker deficiency. They don't have nearly as urgent of an airlifter deficiency anymore imo.
 
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by78

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A Y-20 has been spotted in the frontier city of Anadyr, Russia.

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gelgoog

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That area is under heavy economic development. The Russians are setting up gold and coal mining facilities in the region.
These are supposed to be powered by floating nuclear barges with reactors of RITM-200 type.
I am fairly sure there should also be a military component to secure these resources so close to the US controlled Alaska.
 
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