Friday, June 11, 2010

L-15 LIFT version will soon be rolled out of Assembly Line

The first prototype of L-15 advanced jet trainer version rolled out of the assembly line on September 29, 2005 but first flight was postphoned to early 2006 due to the problems of AI-222-25.

  • L-15 advanced jet trainer's first prototype flew for the first time on March 13, 2006.

  • L-15 advanced jet trainer's prototype 03 made its first flight on May 10, 2008 while it was still powered by AI-222-25 turbofan with no afterburner.

  • Prototype 05 first flew on June 8, 2009.

Development of lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) version of L-15 has suffered from the slow development of  AI-222-25F engine with afterbuner.

L-15 lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) version equipped with AI-222-25F engine will soon be rolled out of the assembly line (06 prototype) and will be ready for flight testing.

Specifications of L-15:

Crew: 2

Length: 12.27 m
Wingspan: 9.48 m
Height: 4.81 m
NTO weight: 6,500kg
MTO weight 9,500kg
Max speed 1.4 Mach
Max climb rate 150m/s
G-load +8/-3
Ceiling 16,000m
Structural life 10,000 hr
Powerplant: 2× AI-222K-25F afterburning turbofans

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