This year China has delivered 18 K-8 training jets to Venezuela and has also sold the country a network of radars. Now Venezuela has stated it plans to buy up to 12 Y-8 transport aircraft from China.
Major Gen. Jorge Oropeza said the Venezuelan government was negotiating the purchase of between 10 and 12 of the medium range transport planes, which have a 7.5-hour flight range.
"These Y-8 [planes] will add to our operations with Hercules C-130s. Their reach extends through South America and to Spain," he said.
World Bulletin reports that no price was mentioned for any of the deals.