China's first multi-role aircraft makes debut

Beijing, Sep 29 (IANS) | Publish Date: 9/29/2018 11:09:41 AM IST

China's first home-grown multi-role combat aircraft has made its maiden flight, the state media reported on Saturday. The FTC-2000G, developed by state-owned defence company Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), is a fixed-wing, multi-role combat plane mainly tasked with airstrikes against ground targets.

Information from AVIC showed the twin-seat plane is a modified version of an advanced training jet that has been deployed by the Chinese Air Force and Navy. It has a maximum speed of Mach 1.2, or 1,470 km per hour, a maximum takeoff weight of 11 metric tons, a maximum flight range of 2,400 km, and an operational flight ceiling of 15 km.

Equipped with modern radar and fire-control systems, it is capable of staying airborne for three hours in a single operation and can carry three tons of missiles, rockets or bombs, according to the company.

As a light-duty attack aircraft or fighter jet, the FTC-2000G is able to replace old models fielded by developing countries such as China's J-7 and the former Soviet Union's Mig-21.

As a trainer, it can replace China's FT-7 or British BAE Systems Hawk and can work with AVIC's K-8 intermediate jet to form an advanced training system for military pilots.

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