China’s made-for-ex­port fighter jet makes first flight

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION -

The FTC-2000G, a China-de­vel­oped mul­ti­pur­pose fighter jet meant for ex­port, made its first flight on Fri­day three weeks af­ter it com­pleted pro­duc­tion.

The flight was held in An­shun, South­west China’s Guizhou Prov­ince. The jet took off at 10:48 am and safely landed at 11:08 am, ac­cord­ing to an Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion of China (AVIC) state­ment on its WeChat ac­count on Fri­day.

The FTC-2000G was de­vel­oped by Guizhou Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion un­der AVIC to meet the de­mands of the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

It is equipped with air-to-sur­face weap- ons, and can be used as a flight trainer, the state­ment said.

Buy­ers can ex­pand the fighter jet’s func­tions by cus­tomiz­ing it with re­con­nais­sance ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­gag­ing in elec­tronic war­fare, it said.

It took less than two years to de­velop the jet, the state­ment noted.

The FTC-2000G will be on display at the Air­show China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince in Novem­ber to at­tract po­ten­tial buy­ers.

Chi­nese mil­i­tary ob­servers said that many air forces from South­east Asian and African coun­tries are us­ing out­moded fighter jets, and are on a tight bud­get.

Al­though the FTC-2000G will face com­pe­ti­tion from South Korea’s FA-50 and Italy’s M346, it will en­joy a pric­ing ad­van­tage, ex­perts said.

China de­liv­ered six FTC-2000s, FTC2000G’s pre­de­ces­sor, to Su­dan in May, UK-based Jane’s De­fence Weekly re­ported in May.

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