I know Minnie Chan but she just quoted Li Jie and we all know China desperately need new catapult ready jet trainer because training using J 15 is one expensive exercise. And they need to train hell more Carrier pilots
Starting carrier program from scratch is not easy I see a lot of comment questioning China's carrier program But China compress what it normally take decades if not hundred years into just one or 2 decades. She does not even has carrier jet trainer yet. Everything has to be built from scratch. It is not like she can buy this trainer or hire trainer
– the Type 002 – which is currently in development, according to the plane’s manufacturer.
The adapted JL-9 – also known as the FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle or “Shanying” – was produced by Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation (GAIC) specifically for use on the Type 002, which will have a catapult launch system, Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said.