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Shaanxi Y-9

Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft

Shaanxi Y-9

Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Shaanxi Y-9 was developed as a lengthened version of the Shaanxi Y-8 which improved both internal space and operational range.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2012
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Shaanxi Aircraft Company - China
PRODUCTION: 10
OPERATORS: China
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Shaanxi Y-9 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 5
LENGTH: 118.11 feet (36 meters)
WIDTH: 131.23 feet (40 meters)
HEIGHT: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 85,980 pounds (39,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 169,756 pounds (77,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 4 x Zhuzhou WoJiang-6C turboprop engines developing 5,100 horsepower each.
RANGE: 3,542 miles (5,700 kilometers; 3,078 nautical miles)
CEILING: 34,121 feet (10,400 meters; 6.46 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Y-9 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Shaanxi Y-9 Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 9/12/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Chinese military is currently endorsing development of a plethora of military systems from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and submarines to various small arms and aircraft. For the latter category comes the Shaanxi "Y-9", intended as a medium-class, high-wing, short-field military transport in the same vein as the prolific American Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" transport family. The Y-9 has been accepted into service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and is currently undergoing serial production (2014). At its core, the Y-9 is a lengthened derivative of the earlier Y-8 series of 1980s vintage though the offering increases performance allowing for improved operational ranges and better cargo-hauling capacity.

The Y-9 product was evolved from the Y-8 under the "Y-8X" designation so its general form and function remain faithful to the earlier model series. Development is thought to have started around 2001 with the product intended as a direct successor to the existing, yet limited and aging, Y-8 line. The high-wing layout and four-engine prop configuration was retained as was the streamlined fuselage and single-finned tail unit. A loading ramp and doors allow access to the cargo hold at the base of the tail, a feature common to most any cargo-hauler in military service today. The overall appearance of the aircraft is no doubt inspired by the Chinese-Soviet interactions of the Cold War decades - the Y-8 in fact being developed from the original Soviet Antonov An-12 "Cub" transport-minded family.

The Y-9 features 4 x Zhuzhou WoJiang-6C turboprop engines developing 5,100 shaft horsepower each while driving six-blade composite propellers. Performance includes cruising speeds nearing 405 miles per hour, a ferry range out to 7,800 kilometers, and a service ceiling up to 34,120 feet.

A model of the Y-9 was formally showcased in 2005 at the International Aviation Expo (Beijing) with the goal to have serial manufacture underway in 2009. However, technological issues rendered this timeline moot and the type was delayed from a first flight until November of 2010. Service entry for the line is thought to have occurred with the PLAAF sometime during 2012.

Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (part of Aviation Industry Corporation of China = AVIC) has also built local Chinese copies of the Soviet Antonov An-2 and An-24 products proving that large, multi-engined military transport experience is in its bloodline. It is also participating in the development of the Xian Y-20 strategic airlifter heavy transport.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Graph showcases the Shaanxi Y-9's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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