Sources have revealed that new Chinese strategic transport aircraft have entered military service.

Two Y-20 aircraft, China’s homegrown strategic transport aircraft, have now officially joined the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

The Xian Y-20 is being developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation and was officially launched in 2006. The official codename of the aircraft is 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 of its wide fuselage in comparison to other Chinese aircraft.

The first two Y-20 planes were delivered to the Air Force, after five years of design and manufacture as well as another four years of test flights.

According to the AVIC, the time between the start of the design and the Y-20’s flight was around half that of similar aircraft in other countries.

“China has joined the few nations capable of indigenously developing large transport aircraft.”


Tang Changhong, chief designer for the Y-20 said:

“To enhance national strength, China must build up its ability of indigenously designing and producing large aircraft and strengthen its air transport.”

Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke said:


“The Y-20 entering into service marks a crucial step for the Air Force improving its strategic power projection capability.

The Air Force needs more and better transport to better fulfil its military responsibilities, including safeguarding national security as well as domestic and international rescue and relief work.”

In 2014 the PLA National Defence University’s Center for Economic Research recommended the purchase of up to 400 Y-20s, comparing the PLAAF’s needs with the existing airlifter fleets of the United States and Russia.

In June 2016 Jane’s reported that up to 1,000 Y-20s are being requested by the Chinese military.


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Does anyone know what the payload is, or how many troops it can carry?

Max Baker

China are like the borg

You shall be assimilated

Marc Childs

Looks familiar?!?

Max Baker

China has obviously been using electronic warfare

Max Baker

Why do they even need 1000… are they planning an invasion or something

Ion Pinion

Given a personnel strength of 20 mil…

Max Baker

They plan to move them to other countries then

Paul Taunton

Well done the Chinese – they are showing the world what can be done with confidence and determination.

This is a great fete of engineering irrespective of what the doubters may say, and is probably something the rest of the defence industry have watched with envy.

One to watch for the future!!!!

Greg Stephen

Looks like the [email protected] child of a C17 & a BAE 146

Andrew Cartwright

Remarkably C17 like!!

Mark Llewellyn

Looks like a….. Shall I say it……. Aaahhhhheeemmmmmm C17 can’t they design anything themselves ffs!

Jason Green

Ancient low bypass turbofans fitted by the looks of it.

David Wright

What’s that a copy of then?

David Wright

An aircraft that says made in China………