- Jun 14, 2012
Ukraine preliminary contract with China for the purchase for the needs of our Air Force light attack aircraft (combat training aircraft) Hongdu L-15, which were developed jointly with the Russian Yakovlev and equipped with engines of Ukrainian origin.Thus the main condition of the deal is the localization assembly of military vehicles in Ukraine, according to sources in the Defense Ministry.To produce the L-15 plan at the Odessa aircraft factory, which increased its capacity with the help of the Chinese side."Initially we are going to start production as early as 2016, but the process is a bit podvis, and early next year will be only the first meeting with the Chinese, called to settle all the details of the contract. Therefore, all spun later than we would like, "- said our interlocutor.Number of purchased stormtroopers and value of the contract is kept secret.Aircraft equipped with engines AI-222-25F issued by Zaporozhye plant "Motor Sich". Maneuverability L-15 fighter is at the third generation, in climb rate not inferior US F-16.Can accelerate to 1.6 M (1715 km / h), practical ceiling is 16.5 km, combat radius - 550 km.Combat load of the machine - 3 tons to 6 hardpoints. It can be guided missiles "Air-air" melee units with unguided rockets or bombs.It should be added that Motor Sich is also developing a stronger drive unit AI-222-28F, which is planned to be used in the variant assault L-15, referred to as Hunting Eagle.