- 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 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
First 6 K-8Ss 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 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-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 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. 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 until the dedicated J-15S trainer enters the service. However it was reported in November 2016 that GAAC 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. It was first reported in November 2013 that JL-9G was entering the service with PLAN (S/N 83x0x) without the tail arresting hook. Currently around a dozen were produced. 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. Recent news from 2016 Zhuhai Airshow indicated that a contract to export 6 FTC-2000Gs was signed with Sudan Air Force in early 2016. The first flight is expected in the later half of 2017. Meanwhile Nigerian Air Force also expressed interest. The latest rumor (April 2017) suggested that JL-9G could be upgraded with a new WS-13 turbofan engine.
- Last Updated 4/11/17