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Additional batch of six China-made K-8W jet trainers reaches Venezuela

World Aviation Defense & Security News - Venezuela
Additional batch of six China-made K-8W jet trainers reaches Venezuela
The Venezuelan Air Force in late February received six China-made K-8W jet trainers, with the other three expected to arrive soon, the chinese newspaper People's Daily unveiled today on its website, quoting Jane's Defence Weekly.
Additional batch of six China made jet trainers reaches Venezuela 640 001Venezuelan Air Force's K-8W jet trainers
The aircrafts are part of a batch of nine jets that Venezuela has ordered from China in 2013 and are to replace three Venezuela’s jets lost in accidents. According to Venezuelan Ministry of Defense, China will also be responsible for the construction of supporting infrastructures and the equipment maintenance. Total value of the deal amounts US$75.53 million.

All six aircraft recently delivered will be operated by the Grupo Aéreo de Operaciones Especiales N15 of the Aviación Militar Bolivariana, based at Maracaibo

The K-8W is a series of indigenous Chinese lightweight jet-powered aircraft, produced by China's Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation. Operators of the K-8W also include Bolivia, Ghana, Myanmar, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Tanzania.

The K-8W is an advance version of the K-8 that features a meliorated cockpit and head-up display. The K-8 is powered by a single Garrett TFE731-2A-2A turbofan engine designed and built by Honeywell Aerospace.