The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has ordered additional Hongdu K-8W Karakorum jet trainers from China under a Government-to-government (G2G) agreement.
The contract signing ceremony for the procurement was held at Air Headquarters on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, ndu, psc was present in the ceremony. The contract was signed by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) Air Vice Marshal M. Sanaul Huq, OSP, GUP, ndc, psc and Mr Liu Jianhai, Vice President of the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation
(CATIC), on behalf of Bangladesh and China respectively. Among others, PSOs of Air Headquarters, Senior BAF officers, representative from AFD and MOFA were present in the ceremony. Ambassador of People’s Republic of China in Bangladesh, Zhang-Zuo and President CATIC also graced the ceremony.
BAF has been flying nine K-8W jet trainer aircraft since 2014. They are assigned to 15sq at Jessore Matiur Rahman AB. Further acquisition of K-8W aircraft will certainly enhance and uplift the training capability of BAF. This contract is signed as a part of implementation process of Forces Goal-2030.
In January 2018, it was reported that Bangladesh wanted another 23 K-8Ws, of which several will be used for an aerial display team. China has offered Bangladesh sixteen J-10Bs, one Y-20 transport aircraft, one KJ-200 AEW&C and one squadron of seven K-8Ws.
Hongdu JL-8 (Nanchang JL-8), also known as the Karakorum-8 or K-8 for short, is a two-seat intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft designed in the People’s Republic of China by China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.
The primary contractor is the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation. Its export variant, K-8 Karakorum is co-produced by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex for the Pakistan Air Force.