Un transporteur tactique quadrimoteur C17 like à moteurs d'IL76 actuel
hina’s Ministry of National Defense has formally acknowledged
development of the Y-20 military airlifter, four days after images of a
prototype appeared on a Chinese Internet forum devoted to military
matters. The aircraft was shown undergoing taxi tests at an airfield in
Northwestern China, supposedly affiliated with the developer, Xian
Aircraft Industry Group of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation
of China (Avic), according to Chinese reports. Also at the site was a
J-20 fighter jet prototype.
Two Y-20 prototypes have been produced to date, one for
flight-testing and the other for static tests. The Y-20 is a four-engine
turbofan designed as a strategic airlifter and is controversially
similar in configuration to the Boeing C-17. In February 2008, Greg
Chung, an American citizen of Chinese origin who had worked for Boeing
in southern California as a stress analyst, was charged with passing
aerospace trade secrets, including those involving the C-17 program, to
China. That same month, AIN published a CAD/CAM
drawing of the Y-20 design, taken from a video promoting Avic, that
Western analysts had previously overlooked. In 2010 Chung was convicted
and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Y-20 is said to have flown for the first time last November, but
other Chinese Internet sources have stated that the maiden flight will
not occur until sometime this month. The prototypes are reportedly
powered by Russian-made D30KP2s, which China has received thanks to its
purchase of Ilyushin Il-76 airlifters. In late November, AIN reported that China is buying another 10 Il-76s from Russia. Our comment then, that China had abandoned its indigenous airlifter project, was evidently incorrect.
It is not yet known whether China will be able to equip production
models of the Y-20 with its own turbofans. However, at the recent Zhuhai
Airshow, officials from Avic reported significant progress in the
development of indigenous turbofans. Production versions of the Y-20
could therefore dispense with the Russian powerplants.
The payload of the Y-20 is reported to be 60 tonnes, short of the
77-tonne capacity of the C-17. Its maximum takeoff weight is between 200
and 220 tonnes. The Y-20 is thought to be capable of carrying China’s
main battle tank, the Type 99. Its range is reported to be 4,000 km,
enough to cover the whole of China. If taking off from Shanghai, it
could reach Guam.
An article on one Chinese-language website noted that a fleet of 100
Y-20s would put China at the top of the power-projection league in the
Asia-Pacific region. But China would need to produce 300 Y-20s to match U.S. strategic airlift capability, the website noted.
Il existe et il a probablement volé
60 t de Cu à 4000 km pour 200/220 t au décollage
Bon on parle d'un avion avec 4*118kN au décollage Vs un C17 avec 4*180kN ... soit la puissance d'un A400M à peu près
Pour mémoire l'Il76 a troqué ses D-30KP pour des PS-90 presque modernes (en tout cas comparable à des IAE V2500 du KC390 pour moi)