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Y-20 better than A400M even though inferior in every way

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by Manmohan Yadav, Jul 17, 2014.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    While admitting that the Airbus A400M Atlas cargo plane is generally better than Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation's Y-20, China's Global Times on July 15 claimed that the Y-20 has an advantage that the Airbus plane does not — namely, that it is still in development.

    Observing its performance at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, held between July 14-20, Global Times described the A400M as an outstanding tactical cargo plane with the ability to bear two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters or one Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma Mk II helicopter. It can also transport a M109A6 artillery system, three M113 armored personnel carriers or 120 soldiers to the battlefield.

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    Equipped with four TP400-D6 turboprops designed by Europrop, A400M can be refueled in midair, a capability Y-20 does not have. China is so far unable to design its own engine for the Y-20 and the aircraft is powered by four Russian-built D-30KP-2 engines. Furthermore, the A400M also has armor plating that offers the crew better protection than Y-20 if it comes under attack.

    The Global Times still claimed however that Y-20 indeed has a better future than the A400M. Because the Y-20 is still at the test stage, there is still time for change in its development, it said. For example, the Y-20 may not only serve as a cargo plane but also as an early warning or refueling aircraft as well. The A400M can serve only as a tactical transport aircraft because most of the European air forces it serves only need cargo planes like that, Global Times said.
     
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    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    A400M can serve as refueling aircraft as well. And also Strategic transport.
     
  3. sunny6611

    sunny6611 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    it has to be GOOD:facepalm:

    A400 is still on the 1st alphabet yer to go & :rolleyes:learn B C ......:innocent:

    where as the Y 20 has reached Y;) ....... :jester:
     
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