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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Maiden Flight: 14 January 2005
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Y-8X
Origin: China
Corporations: Antonov ASTC, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Shaanxi Aircraft Company*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Y-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Maiden Flight: 25 December 1974
Total Production: 120
Family Members: Y-8Q and Y8F400
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Description: The Yun-8 or Y-8 is a turboprop-powered transport aircraft derived from the Antonov An-12 introduced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) received its first Y-8 transport aircraft in 1981. The Y-8A is a special version intended to airlift S-70C helicopters introduced in 1985. The Y-8C is a version developed with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and featuring a pressurized cabin to fly at higher altitudes. The Y-8D is the export version of Y-8 military transport aircraft. The Y-8E is a version intended to serve as an airborne launch platform for unmanned aircraft. The Y-8F is a commercial freighter introduced in 1993. The Y-8H is an aerial surveillance variant. The Y8F100 freighter is fitted with improved avionics. The Y8F200 freighter is a modified Y-8C introduced in 1997. Overall, China has produced 100-120 Y-8s between 1981 and 2010.

The Y8F600 commercial freighter first flew on January 14, 2005 and was awarded type certification in 2006. It has been developed by Shaanxi Aircraft Company (SAC) with technical assistance from Antonov of Ukraine and Pratt & Whitney Canada which supplied the PW150B turboprop engines each developing more than 5,000-hp of power at takeoff. Both companies joined the project in 2002. In addition to the new engines, the aircraft also incorporates Western avionics, a two-man cockpit and an all-composite six-blade R408 propeller developed by Dowty company. The cargo handling system allows loading and unloading operations in just 30 minutes. The Y8F600 maximum takeoff weight is 65 tons and carries a maximum payload of 20 tons inside its specious cargo compartment. Besides, it is faster than previous Y-8 models thanks to the new engines and propellers and can travel over ranges between 1,700 kilometers with maximum payload to 4,800 kilometers in ferry flight conditions.

The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has chosen the Y8F600 as the platform for the KJ200 airborne early warning aircraft as well as other applications such as Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), maritime patrol and Electronic Warfare (EW) aircraft. In 2007, AVIC International and Antonov signed an agreement of partnership in future improvements to the Y8F600 airplane. In 2007, SAC was already working on a new generation Y-8 military transport aircraft called the Y-8X, also known as the Y-9, on the basis of the Y8F600 freighter. The Y-8X would have a maximum takeoff weight of 81 tons carrying a maximum payload between 25-30 tons. Flying at 9,000 meters of altitude with a cruise speed of 650 kilometers per hour it would be able to travel 7,800 kilometers. The program status remains uncertain but was intended to surpass the United States Air Force C-130J and compete with the Antonov An-70 and Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft.

Y8F600 Applications

Support Aircraft KJ-200

Y8F600 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 4
Propeller Blades: 6
Cargo Compartment Height: 2.35 meter
Cargo Compartment Length: 18 meter
Cargo Compartment Width: 3.20 meter
Ceiling: 10,300 meter
Landing Run Distance: 1,800 meter
Max Range: 4,800 kilometer (2,592 nautical mile)
Min Range: 1,700 kilometer
Operational Altitude: 8,000 meter (26,247 foot)
Take Off Run Distance: 1,600 meter
Cruise Speed: 600 kph (0.50 mach)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 650 kph (0.54 mach)
Payload Capacity: 170 metric ton
Cargo: 20 ton (44,092 pound)
Fuel Load: 19 ton
Max Landing Weight: 65 ton
Max Takeoff Weight: 65 ton (143,298 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Y8F600 News

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on 21 Sep 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007Antonov to Cooperate in Chinese Y8 Transport Aircraft Modernization

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