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


Hendrik_2000

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I must admit even if all changes are well known, in summary I wasn't aware how much they differ.
According to Henri the recent refit is to improve handling of low speed landing and I guess when they strengthen the rear fuselage eventually they will fit in the hook
A new version of JL-9G made its 1st flight today. The modifications relate to the wing, the vertical tail and the rear fuselage to improve its behavior in low speed flight. This aircraft is used by the Navy to train its on-board pilots.
 

Deino

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According to Henri the recent refit is to improve handling of low speed landing and I guess when they strengthen the rear fuselage eventually they will fit in the hook
A new version of JL-9G made its 1st flight today. The modifications relate to the wing, the vertical tail and the rear fuselage to improve its behavior in low speed flight. This aircraft is used by the Navy to train its on-board pilots.

Wasn't that maiden flight yesterday? ... and I'm not entirely sure if there are indeed changes to "the vertical tail and the rear fuselage".
They look the same to me... all I see are changes to the wing-tips and the missing para-brakingchute.

JL-9G vs JL-9GI - xs+.jpg
 

xyqq

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Wasn't that maiden flight yesterday? ... and I'm not entirely sure if there are indeed changes to "the vertical tail and the rear fuselage".
They look the same to me... all I see are changes to the wing-tips and the missing para-brakingchute.

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There have been 3 variants in terms of deceleration mechanisms:
1. With both drag chute and ventral air brake (JL-9G)
JL-9G-airbrake&dragchute.jpg

However, the ventral airbrake cannot deploy with the presence of a central drop tank
JL-9G-landing.jpg

2. With ventral airbrake but no drag chute (FTC-2000G)
FTC-2000G-ventral-airbrake.jpg

FTC-2000G-no-dragchute.jpg

3) Wingtip and rear airbrakes in place of ventral airbrake and drag chute (JL-9GI)
JL-9GI-new-wingtip-airbrake.jpg
Details of the wingtip deceleron:
JL-9GI-wintip.jpg

To be continued in the next post (due to the limit on the number of images)...
 
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xyqq

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There have been 3 variants in terms of deceleration mechanisms:
1. With both drag chute and ventral air brake (JL-9G)
View attachment 60566

However, the ventral airbrake cannot deploy with the presence of a central drop tank
View attachment 60572

2. With ventral airbrake but no drag chute (FTC-2000G)
View attachment 60568

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3) Wingtip and rear airbrakes in place of ventral airbrake and drag chute (JL-9GI)
View attachment 60573
Details of the wingtip deceleron:
View attachment 60575

To be continued in the next post (due to the limit on the number of images)...
The rear deceleron at the base of the vertical stabilizer is not as recognized as the wingtip ones, but the two-piece configuration reveals its purpose (in contrast to FTC-2000G's solid base)
JL-9GI-new-tail-airbrake.jpg

A close-up look from another angle
JL-9GI-rear-airbrake.jpg

Compared with the original ventral airbrake, new wingtip and tail decelerons allow JL-9G naval trainer jet to better simulate the landing approach of the J-15 fighter, which has a large dorsal airbrake. In addition, the trainer jet can now brake in the air when it carries a central drop tank.

J-15-airbrake.jpg
 
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BaiyueRaeuz

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FTC-2000G is an improved multi-roles light attack fighter version of the base-line trainer FTC-2000/JL-9. It is similar to FA-50PH light fighter bought by Philippines. FA-50PH is a derivative of base-line T-50 trainer jet built in South Korea,

Poor countries like Cambodia and Philippines have limited budget for dedicated fighter jets, thus a multi-roles light weight jet (trainer/ strike/ light fighter jet) is the best option for them. Moreover, Cambodia has no fixed wing combat aircraft at present, FTC-2000G will be a step forward.


FTC-2000G is slightly larger than JL9.
View attachment 59836
Yep, it could definitely be used as a multi-role plane (trainer/striker/light fighter) by a country like Cambodia (or maybe even Bangladesh), it suits their need perfectly.
 

Deino

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Just a question ... Huitong updated his site with a JL-9 numbered "78542", but this would correspond to the 173rd Air Brigade (a unit I don't know) :what:

So is it not more likely 3542 esp since that image is a bit cropped which would then IMO much better fit to the Xi'an Flying Academy and the 4th Training Brigade at Wuwei which might have received JL-9 in addition or replacing the JL-8??

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