First JL 10s are now being inducted by Chinese PLA Airforce
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has accepted into service the first two JL-10 advanced jet trainers developed by Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation.
The first squadron of the two JL-10 advanced jet trainers left from its Nanchang-based, 10 January. The JL-10 is also the first trainer aircraft to be fitted with a PESA radar.
About JL 10/L 15
The JL-10 is an advanced jet trainer, export version is called L-15 Falcon. The JL-10 is powered by the Ukrainian Ivchenko Progress AI-222K turbofan; the Lead-In-Fighter-Trainer (LIFT) variant uses the afterburning AI-222K-25F model which produces 4200Kg of thrust and rate of climb of 150m/s. With the top speed of 1,715kmph, the maximum range and combat radius is 3,100km and 550km respectively with the service ceiling of 16,000metres.
As a LIFT aircraft, the payload capacity is upto 3,000kg. A development aircraft was seen recently in China flying with PL-5II air-to-air missiles on wingtip rails, LS-6 GPS-guided glide bombs under the wings and a 23mm cannon pod under the belly.
- Crew: 2
- Length: 12.27 m (40.256 feet)
- Wingspan: 9.48 m (31.1 feet)
- Height: 4.81 m (15.78 feet)
- Empty weight: 4,500 kg (9,920 lb)
- Loaded weight: 6,500 kg (14,300 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 9,500 kg (20,900 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko Progress AI-222K-25 for AJT model, Ivchenko Progress AI-222K-25F afterburning turbofans for LIFT model
- Maximum speed: Mach 1.4 (924.1 mph)
- Combat radius: Over 550+ km (More than 340+ miles)
- Ferry range: 3,100 km (1926 miles)
- Service ceiling: 16,000 m (52500 feet)
- Rate of climb: >200 m/s (afterburning) (>39370 ft/min)
- Unknown PESA radar