The Chinese air force has officially inducted the Xian Y-20 strategic transport.

The four-engined jet was inducted during a ceremony in Chengdu, according to China’s defence ministry.

"The Y-20 entering into service marks a crucial step for the Air Force improving its strategic power projection capability," says Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke.

xian Y-20

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It adds that the aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 200t, which is roughly two thirds that of the Boeing C-17.

The statement gives no details about the numbers to be obtained, but says the aircraft will be used for missions involved with national security and humanitarian missions.

xian Y-20

Xian y-20