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Guizhou JL-9

Advanced trainer

Guizhou JL-9 trainer

The Guizhou JL-9 advanced trainer is intended to train pilots to fly high-performance aircraft

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 14.55 m
Wing span 8.32 m
Height 4.1 m
Weight (empty) 4.96 t
Weight (maximum take off) 9.8 t
Engines and performance
Engines 1 x WP-13F(C) turbojet
Traction (dry / with afterburning) ?
Maximum speed 1 700 km/h
Service ceiling 16 km
Ferry range 2 500 km
Combat radius ?
Cannon 1 x Type 23-1 23-mm cannon
Missiles ?
Bombs ?
Other rocket pods


   The JL-9 advanced trainer was developed by Guizhou Aircraft Industrial Corporation. It is also know as the FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle (ShanYing) in its export name. This aircraft is competing for the PLAAF's next generation advanced trainer aircraft programme with another Chinese design, the L-15. The JL-9 made its maiden flight in 2003.

   The JL-9 was designed to be a successor to the earlier JJ-7 trainer and resembles many of its features. The JL-9 has upgraded avionics and engine. It is intended to train pilots to fly high-performance aircraft, such as advanced forth-generation fighters, the J-10 and Su-27.

   It is worth mentioning that it took the shortest time to develop the JL-9 in Chinese aviation history. Aircraft made its maiden flight only two years after the programme started.

   The JL-9 is fitted with a single WP-13F(C) turbojet engine, fitted with an afterburner.

   This aircraft has a secondary light attack capability. It is fitted with four underwing hardpoints and one central hardpoint. The JL-9 can carry up to 2 000 kg of weapons, including short-range air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, bombs and rocket pods. It is also fitted with a 23-mm cannon.

   The JL-9 can carry three drop tanks under its wings and fuselage. Furthermore an in-flight refueling probe can be installed.

   In 2013 a JL-9G was revealed. It is a land-based training jet for the Chinese naval pilots. It is used as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer.

   The Guizhou JL-9 is offered for export customers as the FTC-2000. The FTC stands for Fighter Trainer Export. This aircraft lacks advanced technologies, however development costs and unit price of the FTC-2000 was kept low, what makes it very competitive internationally. Export variant is offered with Italian Grifo S-7 fire control radar.


Guizhou JL-9 trainer

Guizhou JL-9 trainer

Guizhou JL-9 trainer

Guizhou JL-9 trainer

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