Sudan inducts Chinese FTC-2000 fighter trainers

Sudanese Air Force has taken delivery of its new FTC-2000 trainer jets manufactured by Chinese GAIC (Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation), Sudan's Defense Ministry announced on 16 May.

All the six aircraft ordered with numbers running from 1201 to 1206 has been delivered, according to pictures released.

The FTC-2000 is the export variant of GAIC’s JL-9 two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered trainer operated by Chinese PLA Air Force and Navy. The low cost out dated trainer is based on the Chinese MiG-21 trainer copy JJ-7/FT-7.

The FTC-2000 can train pilots for fourth generation fighter jets and impart realistic combat training for air to air and air to ground attack missions.

The aircraft is equipped with four under wing weapon stations that can be configured to carry air to air missiles, fuel tanks and rocket pods for pilot training and combat missions.

The glass cockpit is equipped with integrated control systems, hands-on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controls, a pulse Doppler radar and INS/GPS navigation systems.

It is powered by a single Guizhou Liyang WP-13 turbojet engine which is also a Chinese copy of the Tumansky R-13 turbojet that powered the MiG-21.

Sudanese Air Force already operates Chinese license built versions of MiG-21 and MiG-17.