- Last Updated 3/31/15
List of K-8 Overseas Customers
27 K-8Ps with glass cockpit were delivered by October 2010. Another 12 were delivered in September 2011.
60 more were ordered in late 2009. The delivery of first 12 started in mid-2010.
3 lost in 2002 during guerrilla attack, 3 delivered in July 2005
8 K-8Ps were delivered in March 2012.
locally assembled K-8Es, 40 were ordered in mid-2005
1 crashed in September 2008, another crashed in April 2015
2 K-8Ps delivered in March 2007, 2 more in March 2008
6 K-8Ss delivered in 2007
18 K-8Ws were delivered by September 2010. One crashed in July 2010. Another in November 2012. 10 more were built by July 2011.
6 K-8VBs were ordered in January 2010, delivered in April 2011.
At least one was damaged during an aborted take-off on October 23, 2012.
9 K-8Ws were ordered in late 2013. 5 delivered by April 2014.
A rarely seen PLAN JL-9A was photographed during a training mission. This dedicated trainer was developed for training Navy pilots on taking off and landing on the aircraft carrier deck (land-based simulation). In order to adapt to the carrier operation environment, JL-9A features some extensive modifications. They include strengthened landing gears and enlarged wings. Leading edge slaps and leading edge root extensions were installed in order to reduce the take-off and landing speed at higher AOA. Consequently the twin ventral stabilizing fins were removed. It also features a taller tailfin offering more stability during the high AOA take-off and landing. New DSIs were installed as well which reduce the weight. New conformal antennas are installed at the wingtips. JL-9A made its maiden flight in 2009 at GAAC. Two prototypes (S/N 423 & 424) were tested at CFTE. The first one (#423) had a tail arresting hook installed. However the hook turned out to be causing too much stress to the fuselage and therefore was unsuitable for arrested landing. It was first reported in November 2013 that JL-9A was entering the service with PLAN (S/N 83x0x) without the tail arresting hook. It is expected to support the carrier based J-15 fighter. Currently the limited production continues. An export version dubbed FTC-2000G low-cost multi-purpose training/attack aircraft was first unveiled at the 2012 Zhuhai Airshow. This version features an additional pair of pylons underneath the fuselage as well as wingtip pylons for AAMs. It was reported that the development of FTC-2000G officially started in December 2013 based on the request from an unspecified foreign customer. The latest report (June 2015) indicated that a preliminary contract to export FTC-2000G was signed with an unspecified African customer.
- Last Updated 9/17/15