The Hongdu L-15 Falcon
advanced trainer features a number of advanced technologies
Dimensions and weight
Weight (maximum take off)
Engines and performance
2 x AL-222K-25F
Traction (dry / with afterburning)
3 100 km
over 550 km
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
Su-27. It is also suitable to complete
all basic jet flight training courses.
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.
aircraft features a number of advanced technologies such as digital
fly-by-wire, hands on throttle and stick controls. It also has good
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.