- Last Updated 4/14/17
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 K-8Ws were ordered in late 2009. The delivery of first 12 started in mid-2010. More K-8Ws were on order in 2019.
3 lost in 2002 during guerrilla attack, 3 delivered in July 2005
8 K-8Ps were delivered in March 2012.
First seen in 2013.
Locally assembled K-8Es, 40 were ordered in mid-2005. Two were lost.
1 crashed in September 2008, another crashed in April 2015
2 K-8Ps delivered in March 2007, 2 more in March 2008
First 6 K-8s delivered in 2007, 5 in November 2014.
18 K-8Ws were delivered by September 2010. One crashed in July 2010. Another in November 2012. 9 inducted in April 2016.
6 K-8VBs were ordered in January 2010, delivered in April 2011.
At least one K-8 was damaged during an aborted take-off on October 23, 2012.
9 K-8Ws were ordered in late 2013. 5 delivered by April 2014. One was lost in July 2018. Additional K-8Ws were ordered in June 2018.
12 K-8Ws were ordered, probably in 2018. 6 were delivered 2020.
A rarely seen PLAN JL-9G was photographed during a training mission. This dedicated trainer was developed for training Navy pilots to take off and land on the aircraft carrier deck (land-based simulation). In order to adapt to the carrier operation environment, JL-9G 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. JL-9G made its maiden flight in 2009 at GAIC. 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 airframe and therefore was unsuitable for arrested landing. Therefore JL-9G can only simulate taking-off from the ski-jump and landing without arresting under the guidance of LSO and OLS. It is expected to support the carrier based J-15 fighter as a stop-gap measure. However it was reported in November 2016 that GAIC is currently working on a carrier-based version which would feature a redesigned rear fuselage with a WS-13E turbofan engine and an arresting hook installed. JL-9G entered the service with PLAN (S/N 83x0x) in November 2013 without the tail arresting hook. Currently more JL-9Gs are being produced painted with a new 2-digit serial number. An improved version (JL-9GI?) is being developed. It features wingtip decelerons to better simulate low speed landing on the carrier. Consequently the drag parachute and ventral speed brakes are no longer needed. First flight of JL-9GI took place on May 12, 2020. 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 wings for short-range AAMs. It is expected to be equipped with a more powerful PD fire-control radar and able to fire SD-10A active radar homing AAM. Other features include a new glass cockpit with three large MFDs and a bigger dorsal internal fuel tank. It was reported that the development of FTC-2000G (FT-9G? Divine Eagle) officially started in December 2013 based on the request from an unspecified foreign customer. Taxiing tests occurred on September 20, 2018. First flight took place successfully on September 28, 2018. The first flight of the 02 prototype occurred on October 29, 2019. It was rumored in April 2017 that FTC-2000G could be upgraded with a new WS-13 turbofan engine. The latest news (April 2020) indicated that a contract was signed with a Southeast Asian customer (Cambodia?) in January 2020. The first batch is expected to be delivered in early 2021.
- Last Updated 5/12/20