L-15 is a great asset for training 5th/4.5th gen fighter pilots. J-20 pilots are trained on them to reduce wear/tear on the J-20 airframes.
L15 have AESA now? Last I followed RMAF tender news it was equipped with a PESA.The same principles were used in the selection/induction of L-15B. L15B fills the technical gap before cadets gets their hands on JF17s since after completing their intermediate training on K8s, they are required to have a LIFT platform. Currently, F7PGs are performing this role which is not up to that level.
Following are the characteristics of L15B (PAF)...
- Equipped with X-band AESA radar.
- 9 Hard points
- HUD & HOTAS
- Twin Engines
- BVR capable
- laser-guided bombs/precision-guided bombs.
- This bird can be use for DACT/CCS or COIN/CT operations.
With the aforementioned traits, there are rumours that L-15B may replace F-7PGs and that 4-5 sqns may be added.