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Hongdu L-15 Falcon

Advanced trainer

Hongdu L-15 Falcon trainer

The Hongdu L-15 Falcon advanced trainer features a number of advanced technologies

Entered service 2013
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 12.27 m
Wing span 9.48 m
Height 4.81 m
Weight (empty) ?
Weight (maximum take off) 9.5 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x AL-222K-25F
Traction (dry / with afterburning) ?
Maximum speed 1.4 Mach
Service ceiling 16 km
Ferry range 3 100 km
Combat radius over 550 km
Cannon ?
Missiles ?
Bombs ?


   The Hongdu L-15 Falcon made its maiden flight in 2006. Development of this aircraft was assisted by Russian Yakovlev design bureau, hence its resemblance to the Yak-130. This advanced trainer was competing for the PLAAF next generation advanced trainer aircraft programme against the Guizhou JL-9. These trainers were accepted to enter service with Chinese air force in 2013 under the JL-10 name. In 2012 it was announced that a total of 12 aircraft were ordered by undisclosed export customers. Now it is known that one of these customers was Zambia, that ordered 6 aircraft. Venezuela also plans to acquire 24 of these aircraft.

   The L-15 is intended to train pilots to fly high-performance forth-generation aircraft, such as the J-10 and Su-27. It is also suitable to complete all basic jet flight training courses.

   Aircraft is fitted with two Ukranian Progress AL-222K-25F turbofan engines with afterburners. It is worth noting, that China signed a contract with Ukraine for delivery of 1 920 of these engines for the L-15 trainer. Delivery is scheduled until 2041.

   The L-15 has secondary light attack capability. It has four underwing and two wingtip hardpoints to carry various weapons, including short-range air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, bombs and rocket pods.

   This aircraft features a number of advanced technologies such as digital fly-by-wire, hands on throttle and stick controls. It also has good aerodynamic performance.

   The L-15 Falcon is more advanced in terms of technology comparing with the JL-9, however it is also more expensive to produce. If this aircraft is chosen by the PLAAF, first operational trainers will become available as early as 2008. The L-15 is also proposed for the export customers.


Hongdu L-15 Falcon trainer

Hongdu L-15 Falcon trainer

Hongdu L-15 Falcon trainer

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