China has placed an order for 250 Al-222-25 afterburning turbofans from the Ukraine to power its new L-15 jet trainer. That's enough jet engines for more than 100 trainers. Ukraine Wins Engine Contract for Chinese L-15 Jet Trainer Production | Aviation International News The L-15 is an advanced trainer aircraft built by Nanchang based Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation. The aircraft made its maiden flight on 13 March 2006. The aircraft's general designer is Mr. Zhang Hong (å¼ å¼˜), and the development is reportedly assisted by Yakovlev OKB of Russia. The L-15 is a direct rival to the Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation (GAIC) JL-9/FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle in competition for the People's Liberation Army Air Force's (PLAAF) next-generation advanced trainer aircraft program.