China’s new multirole combat aircraft FTC-2000G makes maiden flight
- October 1, 2018
China’s FTC-2000G multirole combat aircraft , developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China, conducted its maiden flight on 28 September in China’s southern Guizhou Province.
The FTC-2000G, designed and built by Guizhou Aviation Industry Group, an AVIC subsidiary, is a fixed-wing, multirole combat plane tasked mainly with airstrikes against ground targets. It can also be used as a fighter jet or trainer aircraft, according to AVIC.
The plane has a maximum speed of 1.2 Mach, or 1,470 kilometers per hour, a maximum takeoff weight of 11 metric tons, a maximum flight range of 2,400 km and an operational flight ceiling of 15 km.
Equipped with modern radar and fire-control systems, it is capable of staying airborne for three hours in a single operation and can carry as much as 3 tons of missiles, rockets or bombs.