China has officially handed over a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8F200W mid-size transport aircraft to Kazakhstan, marking the first time the platform has been acquired by a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), according to Chinese media reports.
China’s CANNews website reported on 23 September that the four-engined turboprop aircraft, which made its first flight in June, is now expected to land in the Kazakh capital Astana on 26 September, with other media reports stating that the platform is set to be operated by the country’s National Guard.
The Chinese-built Y-8 is based on the Russian Antonov An-12 ‘Cub’ transport.
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