Monday, October 8, 2012

Shaanxi Y-9 Transport Aircraft

The Shaanxi Aircraft Company is conducting trials of a successor to the Y-8, a copy of the Antonov An-12 Cub aircraft.

The Y-9 is a further transport development of the Y-8 Category 3 platform, which also forms the basis for some members of the Y-8 High New Series detailed here.

The new Y-9 is thought to be in the same class as the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft.

Specifications Y-9:

    Crew: 3-4
    Capacity: 106 passengers or 132 airborne troops or 9 pallets
    Payload: 25,000 kg cargo    
    Length: 36 m
    Wingspan: 40 m
    Height: 11.3m
    Empty weight: 39,000kg
    Useful load: 25,000kg
    Max. takeoff weight: 77,000kg
    Powerplant: 4 × Zhuzhou WoJiang-6C (FWJ-6C) turboprops, 3,805 kw (5,100 shp) each with JL-4 6-blade composite propeller
    Cruise speed: ~650km/h
    Range: ~5,700 km
    Ferry range: 7,800 km
    Service ceiling: 10,400m



Credit original poster, via Chinese Internet


  1. China should also commence a passenger plane with 4 turbo prop based on Shaanxi Yun - 9, maybe parallel with the development of MA-60/- 600/ - 700 with Shaanxi Yun -7. And work with a more powerful, quiet and fuel efficient powerplant.

    Keep up the good work

  2. Can Shannxi Yun-9 carry a (ZBD-97) or Type 97 IFV?

  3. No, it won't fit. You need something bigger, like the Y-20 class aircraft.