Chinese Trainer Aircraft (JL-8, JL-9, JL-10 (L-15), etc.)

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    What happened to the CJ-7? Engine problems led to cancellation?
     
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    I think that as an unarmed basic trainer it might not be subject to EU arms sanctions. And I guess that the Austrian Diamond will just sell a licence to produce the aircraft to a joint venture in China which puts a further step between the Austrian company and the PLAAF. Any parts (electronics?) that might be particularily sensible to export control measures will be sourced in China (and I guess the PLAAF would want them to be domestic production anyway).

    The aircraft seems to use an Ukrainian engine from Motor Sich, so that would not be a problem even if the engine doesn't get produced in China.
     
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    Any more info on this project and also what's the event where this was presented?
     
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    The photo was provided by the journalist Wu, Jie on his Weibo. I guess Mr Wu took the photos during his visit at Wuhu aircraft industry district. The CETC Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacture Co. Ltd (www.cetcd.com) has received the Production Certificat for its DA42 at end August and there were some deliver-ceremony and press activities in the plant. Diamond Aircraft invested in a separate R&D Institute in Wuhu but not in the manufacturing company.

    The photos below show the DA42 production in Wuhu. DA-42 Wuhu.jpg DA-42.jpg

    From the info board shown in the photo, we know the DART 450 project is carried out by another company - Zhongke Aircraft, which was just founded in 2016 with state investment from Wuhu local government. I assume that the CETCD will focus on the civilian aviation market and Zhongke Aircraft will concentrate on military customers.

    The correlation between Chinese and Austria Aero-industry is intense. In 2009, XAC took over FACC AG. Last year there was news that the automobile company Chery from Wuhu was agreed to developing an aero piston engine for Austro Engine, which is an engine supplier of Diamond. The Canada branch of Diamond was sold to another Chinese company Wanfeng Aero-industry in 2016. Wuhu Diamond also supplies parts back to Austria.

    Back to DART 450, I think there is some real effort to build the plane in China and to get order from the PLAAF. If the project works out, the success of DART 450 in the international market is guaranteed.

    @Deino Alle Angaben sind wie immer ohne Gewähr.
     
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