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GAIC promoting JL-9 as carrier training aircraft for the PLAN

19 March 2020

There are indications that procurement activities for a carrier-borne jet trainer for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may be initiated shortly or are already under way.

The Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC), which builds the JL-9 Shanying ('Mountain Eagle') advanced jet trainer aircraft, has posted an image on its Weixin/WeChat social media site, representing the aircraft flying over one of the PLAN's aircraft carriers with the caption "win a new victory in the development and production of the naval version of the Mountain Eagle".

The social media post has been picked up by the state-owned Global Times newspaper, which quoted other Chinese media outlets as saying that the JL-9 'Mountain Eagle' trainer is set to be modified for aircraft carrier operations.

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