Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Kazakhstan’s first Y-8 transport aircraft makes maiden flight in China

On June 14, еhe first of the Kazakh Air and Air Defence Forces’ new Y-8F200WA tactical transport aircraft, performed its maiden flight at the Shaanxi Liugu Airport in Chenggu, the CAN Press reported.

According to the Chinese media, Air China International Aviation related leaders, deputy general managers of the company Liu Bin, Zou Shuo, and the heads of relevant units attended the first flight ceremony of the new Y-8F200WA tactical transport aircraft produced for Kazakhstan.

The Y-8F-200WA aircraft exported to Kazakhstan is a major cooperation project between the company and AVIC International Holding Corporation to jointly develop the international military trade market. It is also the first time that Yunqi aircraft has entered the CIS countries market.


The new aircraft will be delivered to Kazakhstan as part of a contract was signed on April 21. According to an agreement between the Shanfei Aviation Industry and China Aviation International in Beijing, all orders will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.

The Y-8F-200WA is an upgraded version of the Chinese medium-size, medium-range transport aircraft designed and manufactured by China’s Shaanxi Aircraft Company. Based on the Antonov An-12 aircraft, the Y-8 is used for military and commercial operations. It is used for transporting troops, dropping supplies and functioning as an air ambulance.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.



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