Y-20 Chubby Girl with Fat WS-20 Engines!

SexyChineseLady

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WS-20 might be targeted for the C919 if it ever becomes a military platform like for AEW or MPA.

There is also another high bypass engine in development for C919 -- CJ-1000:


China outlines push to develop domestic engine for C919 jet in five-year plan

(Reuters) - China will push forward with the development of CJ1000, a turbofan jet engine designed to power the homemade C919 narrowbody aircraft, the government said on Friday in its development plan for the 2021-2025 period.
 

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Here is a quick development timeline of the Y-20. Very fast in the annals of Chinese aviation history. It took just seven years from the official development starting data to first flight! Xian has a very good history of building large aircraft in the Y-8 and Y-9 that dominate Chinese mil transports so less surprising than it seems.

There were a lot of innovations here that kick started the current round of Chinese aviation design and manufacturing!

2006 : official launch of project Kunpeng (phoenix of Chinese legends)

2009: Model Based Design (MBD) team started for Kunpeng. This all computer-based 3D modeling design -- supposedly the 3rd plane in the world to be designed this way after Airbus A380 and Boeing 787. 3D printing was exploited and is probably the only military transport plane anywhere to have printed parts. These innovations massively reduced design and manufacturing times and set new standards in the Chinese aviation industry.

2013: First flight in January just 7 years since official launch!

2016: Induction into PLAAF!

2020: WS-20 engine installed on select airframes

2021: Induction of Tanker Y-20U

Iterations are expected to come very quickly as Chinese industry (not just aerospace) believes in implementing rapid incremental changes to production models.
 
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Development continues to be very rapid! Latest satellite pictures with Y-20B -- WS-20 engined, Y-20U tankers and even Y-20BU -- W-20 engined tankers. (Cameo by KJ-600 AEWs another high profile project!)


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Y 20 is becoming a transport marvel for china and game changer for heavy lifting operations which china lacked with IL 78
 

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