Air Platforms

China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G makes maiden flight

28 September 2018

China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft conducted its maiden flight on 28 September in China’s southern Guizhou Province.

The aircraft, which was designed and built by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC), took off at Anshun Huangguoshu Airport and flew for about 10 minutes, according to a report by the state-owned China Daily newspaper.

The flight comes after the Xinhua News Agency reported a few weeks earlier that GAIC was series-producing the twin-seat platform to meet the demands from the international market.

The multirole aircraft, which appears to be the export variant of the GAIC JL-9G two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered trainer in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is being manufactured in the Chinese city of Anshun.

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