China’s JL-9G Carries Out its First Flight

Chinese sources have reported that China's carrier Guizhou JL-9G has carried out its first flight on 12 May 2020. Based on these reports that Military Watch sites, it is expected that the single-engine fighter could enter service in the near future.

The JL-9 is is a two-seat supersonic fighter-trainer developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Import/Export Company (GAIEC) for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force (PLANAF). Guizhou JL-9G is the PLANAF carrier-trainer variant of the JL-9.

As a derivative of the legendary MiG-21, the Chinese fighter has first-class flight characteristics, an average velocity of 15 meters per second, and a top speed of Mach 1.5. The aircraft is equipped with a "glass" cockpit, modern electronics and sensors, a helmet display and a target setting system. It is able to use a number of modern "air-to-air" and "air-to-ground" ammunition.

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