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Sudanese order for six FTC-2000 jets announced

11 November 2016

Sudan has ordered six Guizhou JL-9 jets, the director general of Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) said in an interview with China Aviation News on 3 November.

An FTC-2000G was displayed at Airshow China 2016 in Zhuhai. (via top81)An FTC-2000G was displayed at Airshow China 2016 in Zhuhai. (via top81)

The JL-9 is a two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered aircraft that is in service with the Chinese air force and navy training units. The export version is designated the FTC-2000 and marketed by Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC).

AVIC officials told IHS Jane's during the 2015 Paris Airshow that an undisclosed African country had ordered the FTC-2000.

In the 3 November interview, which was noted by the Pendulum East website three days later, GAIC director general Wang Wenfei said other African countries were also considering acquiring the jet.

Unveiled in model form at the Zhuhai Airshow in November 2000, the FTC-2000 combines the wings and empennage of the GAIC JJ-7 trainer with a new front fuselage, air intakes, and glass cockpit.

A version with five hardpoints for weapons and fuel tanks called the FTC-2000G was unveiled in 2012 and is marketed as an affordable multipurpose aircraft that can replace F-7 fighters, FT-7 trainers, and A-5 ground attack aircraft.

During Airshow China 2016, held in Zhuhai from 1-6 November, GAIC showed a video of a JL-9 taking off using a land-based version of the ski-ramp seen on China's first two aircraft carriers.

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