Avic has begun deliveries of its Y-20 Kunpeng heavy airlifter to the Chinese air force, nine years after the program was  launched. The Y-20 is entering service in an initial version equipped with the low-bypass Saturn D-30KP engine, possibly built locally as the WS-18. A later version of the aircraft should be powered by the Chinese WS-20 high-bypass turbofan. Deliveries have begun earlier than expected. In 2013, two, presumably well-connected, military academics said the type could ...

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