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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

Country of origin China
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 turbofans
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 provision for various air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles
Bombs provision to carry bombs
Other provision to carry pods with unguided rockets


   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 a Guizhou JL-9. The L-15 Falcon was more advanced in terms of technology comparing with the JL-9, however it was also more expensive to produce. Eventually in 2013 the L-15 was adopted by the Chinese air force as the JL-10. The Hongdu L-15 is also being proposed for the export customers. Zambia operates 6 of these trainer 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 their JL-10 trainers. Delivery is scheduled until 2041.

   The L-15 has secondary light attack capability. It has 4 underwing and 3 wingtip hardpoints for 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.




   JL-10 is a Chinese air force official designation of the L15.

   JL-10A is an improved version, equipped with radar.

   L-15B is an improved variant with afterburning engines.



Hongdu L-15 Falcon trainer

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