China’s New Y-30 Medium-sized Transport Aircraft

In the Zhuhai Airshow 2014  China will give flight show of its formerly confidential heavy transport Y-20 and display a physical Y-9, its new medium-sized transport. In addition there will be the model of Y-30 transport, a new medium-sized transport it is developing.
Y-9, the improved version of China’s Y-8 old transport, uses China-made 5,000 hp turbo-propeller engines with six-blade propellers of synthetic materials to increase its takeoff load, cruise speed and climbing ability, but its size is not large enough to carry modern tank with heavy armor and equipment or modern heavy attack helicopter.
Y-30 Transport Aircraft
Y-30 Transport Aircraft

Y-30 Transport Aircraft
Y-30 Transport Aircraft

Y-30 Transport Aircraft
Y-30 Transport Aircraft
China has to transport its heavy tanks and helicopters by train, which is not only time consuming but wastes precious flight time of helicopters.
Y-30 is being developed precisely to meet the need for carrying heavy tanks and helicopters.

According to speculation, it can carry a maximum load of 30 tons much bigger than Y-8 while according to the model, it is larger in size for heavy tanks and helicopters.

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