China's FTC-2000G fighter jet completes maiden flight

China's self-developed FTC-2000G versatile aircraft successfully conducted its maiden flight Friday in the city of Anshun in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to its developer, Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC).

China FTC 2000G fighter jet completes maiden flight 001 Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2018 shows the FTC-2000G aircraft flying in Anshun, southwest China's Guizhou Province
(Credit: Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

The FTC-2000G was developed by GAIC the  under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

The FTC-2000G is a variant of the FTC-2000 Shanying with improved multi-role capabilities. The model can have up to seven hardpoints and a maximum payload weight of 3,000 kg. According to technical data, it features a heavier normal takeoff weight (8,000 kg) but now has a shorter range (1,650km) and endurance time 2h).

The aircraft is flexible, reliable, cost-effective and is equipped with a variety of functions such as night vision. In addition, it has a strong capability for functional expansion. With additional equipment, the plane can perform reconnaissance, electronic warfare and other tasks to meet users' different needs.According to Wang Wenfei, the chief commander of the aircraft, they spent seven months developing the aircraft and used technological innovation to improve its flight performance.

The multi-functional military aircraft is fit for attacking, fighting and training. It could also be used for reconnaissance purpose or even adapted to a reconnaissance plane.