China’s Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC) rolled out the first FTC-2000G multi-role fighter jet on Wednesday from the production line in the city of Anshun in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
The FTC-2000G was developed by GAIC, which is under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), to meet the demand of the international market. The company has full independent intellectual property rights of the aircraft.
The aircraft is expected to conduct its maiden flight by the end of this month.
FTC-2000G is a variant of the FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle (Shanying) with improved multi-role capabilities. FTC-2000 is the export designation of JL-9 two-seat fighter-trainer operated by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
FTC-2000 is a JJ-7/FT-7 with a new wing, a forward fuselage with side air intakes, and a glass cockpit. The engine, empennage, and mechanical controls of the JJ-7/FT-7 are retained. The FTC-2000G uses a diverterless supersonic inlet and has more hardpoints. The FTC-2000G is heavier, slower, and has less endurance than the FTC-2000. The model can have up to seven hardpoints and a maximum suspension weight of 3,000 kg.
The multi-functional military aircraft can be used as attack aircraft, fighter or trainer. It could also be used for reconnaissance missions.