SUDAN HAS taken delivery of six FTC-2000 jet trainers from China’s Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC). The arrival of the aircraft, serial numbers 1201 to 1206, was announced by the Sudanese Ministry of Defence on May 16, when they were formally inaugurated into service by the Sudanese army chief of staff Lt Gen Kamal Abdel-Maarouf al-Mahi. The ceremony was attended by several other senior Sudanese military officials, including Chief of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi, the deputy chief of staff Major General Awad Khalafallah Marawi and along with the Chinese military attaché. Although the location of the ceremony was not announced, it is believed the aircraft were delivered to Wadi Seidna Air Base.
Sudan had publicly announced an order for six of the type on November 3, 2016, although the deal had been signed in 2015. As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, he first aircraft was rolled out by GAIC in a formal ceremony at its factory in Anshun, Guizhou province on June 5. The second Sudanese example was completed on June 22.
The type is an export version of the JL-9, which is being produced as the new advanced jet trainer for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the PLA Naval Air Force. To date, Sudan is the only known export customer for the Â FTC-2000.