Guizhou JL-9 - Advanced trainer

Guizhou JL-9
Guizhou JL-9

Militarymedia.net - The JL-9 advanced trainer was developed by Guizhou Aircraft Industrial Corporation. It is designed to be the successor to the previous JJ-7 trainer and has many features. It made its first flight in 2003. It competes for the PLAAF's next-generation advanced trainer program with another Chinese design, the L-15. The JL-9 is also known as the FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle (ShanYing) in its export form.

The Guizhou JL-9 has upgraded avionics and engines. It is intended to train pilots to fly high-performance aircraft, such as the advanced generation fighters, the J-10 and Su-27.

It is worth mentioning that it took the shortest time to develop the JL-9 in Chinese aviation history. The aircraft made its maiden flight just two years after the program started.

The JL-9 is equipped with a single WP-13F(C) turbojet engine, equipped with afterburners.

This aircraft has a secondary light attack capability. It is equipped with four underwing hardpoints and one central hardpoint. The JL-9 can carry up to 2,000 kg of weapons, including short-range air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, bombs and rocket pods. It is also equipped with a 23 mm cannon.

The JL-9 can carry three drop tanks under its wings and fuselage. Subsequently the in-flight refueling probe can be installed.

In 2013 a JL-9G was revealed. It is a ground-based training jet for Chinese naval pilots. It is used as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer.

Guizhou JL-9 Variant

The FTC-2000 is the export version of the JL-9. FTC stands for Fighter Trainer Export. The aircraft lacks advanced technology, but the development costs and unit price of the FTC-2000 remain low, which makes it highly competitive internationally. The export variant is offered with the Italian Grifo S-7 fire control radar.

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