#Chinese airborne troops receives new Y-12D aircraft to replace the aging Y-5
By Prafull Kumar,GDNA
The People’s Republic of China Airborne Corps receives new Y-12D twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft.
The new Y-12D aircraft to replace Chinese aging fleet of Shijiazhuang Y-5 single-engine biplane transport aircraft. The Y-12D is a military version of Harbin Y-12 utility aircraft built by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) with upgraded engines driving four-bladed propellers.
The Y-12 started as a development of the Harbin Y-11 airframe called Y-11T in 1980. The design featured numerous improvements including a redesigned wing with a new low drag section, a larger fuselage and bonded rather than riveted construction.
The Y-12 has a maximum takeoff weight of 5,700 kg (12,600 lb) with seating for 17 passengers and two crew. The aircraft is operated as a light commuter and transport aircraft.
Y-12 is replacing Y-5 as the primary choice of airborne troops training.