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Image suggests DART-450 turboprop is possible candidate for new PLAAF basic trainer

15 October 2017

The Diamond Aircraft Industries DART-450 tandem turboprop-powered trainer has emerged as a possible candidate for a new People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) basic training aircraft, according to information provided by Chinese reporter Wu Jie.A photograph posted in September on Chinese online forums shows a model of a DART-450 training aircraft in PLAAF markings. (Via Wu Jie)A photograph posted in September on Chinese online forums shows a model of a DART-450 training aircraft in PLAAF markings. (Via Wu Jie)

The journalist posted a photograph on his Weibo website of a DART-450 model in PLAAF markings that he claims was taken in September at an exhibition by the China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC) Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company, which is based in China’s eastern Anhui Province.

Formed in December 2013, this joint venture (JV) between the CETC and the Wuhu Municipal Government licence-builds Diamond Aircraft Industries aircraft such as the DA42 MPP, the DA42-VI, and the DA20. The JV’s website, however, does not list the DART-450 in its product line-up.

Austria-based Diamond Aircraft Industries did not respond to Jane’s queries to confirm whether the DART-450 is being offered to the PLAAF.

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