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Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive

16 May 2018
One of Sudan's new FTC-2000 jets. Source: Sudan Ministry of Defence

The Sudanese Air Force has taken delivery of its new Chinese-made FTC-2000 jets, the Sudanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 May.

The MoD said that a new squadron for the FTC-2000s had been officially inaugurated in a ceremony attended by the Major General Awad Khalafallah Marawi, the deputy chief of staff, and the Chinese military attaché.

It released photographs showing aircraft with numbers running from 1201 to 1206, indicating that all six FTC-2000s that Sudan ordered have been delivered.

The order was confirmed by Wang Wenfei, the director general of Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC), in an interview published by China Aviation News on 3 November 2016.

Marketed by the Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC), the FTC-2000 is the export variant of GAIC’s JL-9 two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered trainer.

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