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Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

Chinese Military Adds Transport to Fleet

China’s air force on Wednesday put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft, as part of the government’s ambitious modernization program.

The Xian Y-20 has a maximum takeoff weight of 200 tons and is ideal for carrying cargo and people over long distances in difficult weather conditions, the air force said in a short statement on its official microblog.

“The Y-20 entering service marks a crucial step for the air force in improving its strategic power projection capability,” air force spokesman Shen Jinke said in the statement.

For the complete story by Ben Blanchard of Reuters, click here.

Updated: July 6, 2016 — 10:12 PM

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