China has delivered Y-12E turboprop utility aircraft to the Federated States of Micronesia, an island nation on the Western Pacific, on Friday (Nov. 10).
The aircraft was manufactured by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd (HAIG).
“It will be used for cargo transport, rescue and medical services in Micronesia,” said Liu Huinan, deputy chief engineer at the company. He added that the purchase order was obtained in 2013.
Consisting of more than 600 islands, Micronesia has a stronger demand for air transportation.
The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo transport, geological exploration, ocean monitoring and agriculture. The aircraft has obtained certification in more than ten countries including Russia, the United States and France.
The Y-12 is a twin engine light multi role aircraft designed and developed by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) of China (now called Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG).
The aircraft is equipped with a single vertical stabiliser, upper wing and front fixed tricycle type landing gear.
Maximum payload is 5700 kg with seating for 17 passengers as well as two crewmembers. The Y-12E variant has 18 passenger seats and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines of equal horsepower but increased torque.
The Y-12 has been designed to take-off and land over short distances. The aircraft has been designed to execute passenger or cargo transportation, parachute jumping, medical rescue, geological exploration, aerial photography and ocean surveillance operations.