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China military tech 'breakthroughs' this year

By Reuters

China military tech 'breakthroughs' this year
China's biggest military transport plane the Y-20 performs at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on Nov 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)

BEIJING - Several types of large Chinese military aircraft will have "breakthroughs" this year after years of development, state media reported.

Its largest domestically made military transport aircraft, known as the Xi'an Y-20, "will be available for delivery in the near term", Tang Changhong, deputy chief engineer of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic), told the official Xinhua news agency.

Tang said the air freighter had cutting-edge technology and was a match for foreign competitors. It is manufactured by Avic subsidiary Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corp.

The country's largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, to be used in marine rescue missions, would make its maiden flight in 2016 after coming online this year, Xinhua reported.

China military tech 'breakthroughs' this year
Photo taken on Dec 29, 2014 shows the fuselage mid-section of China's self-developed amphibious aircraft AG600 at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Xi'an Aircraft Industry Company in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province. (Photo/Xinhua)

China military tech 'breakthroughs' this year
This is a sketch of China's self-developed amphibious aircraft AG600. (Photo/Xinhua)
 
 
 
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