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China says it will produce over 300 of its new large military transport aircraft Y-20 within 10 years, surpassing the US in technology


China’s large transport aircraft Y-20

China’s large transport aircraft Y-20

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

Mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that China’s new prototype of the Y-20 large military transport aircraft has succeeded in its recent test flight.

It is the fourth Y-20 prototype known so far.

China’s first prototype of the Y-20 large transport aircraft successfully carried out its maiden flight on January 16, 2013; the second, in December 2013 and the third on the eve of August 1, 2014 – Army Day.

There have been photos posted on the Internet of the Y-20 conducting test flights in winter in a very cold northern airfield and a hot and wet summer in Lijiang Airport.

More recently, there have been photos of the Y-20 test flight at Ading Airfield, Daocheng 4,411 meters above sea level, the highest airstrip in China.

It is expected that having gone through all of the most stringent tests, the Y-20 will soon be commissioned.

Its chief engineer, Tang Changhong, said in March that the Y-20 will be commissioned within a short period of time.

The official codename of the aircraft is the Kunpeng, after the mythical bird of ancient China that can fly for thousands of kilometres.

However, within the Chinese aviation industry itself, the aircraft is more commonly known by its nickname Chubby Girl, because its fuselage is wide in comparison to other Chinese aircraft previously developed in China.

The Chinese air force says it will produce at least 300-400 of the Y-20 aircraft within the short time frame of 10 years, to conduct military operations in different anticipated battlefronts in the Asia-Pacific region.

They also expect to catch up with, and surpass, the technical capabilities of the U.S and Russia with regards to large military transport aircraft.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Successful test flight of the 4th Y-20 prototype means Y-20 may be delivered to PLA air force in near future” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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