Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Chinese company unveiled model of new trainer aircraft

CETC Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacture Co.,Ltd showed the model of the new two-seat military turboprop trainer.

The new aircraft is powered by a 495 hp (369 kW) Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine. The new trainer aircraft developed primarily for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

The aircraft is intended to be the sole primary trainer used by Chinese aviation schools.


Externally, the aircraft looks like an Austrian Diamond DART 450 military turboprop trainer.

CETC Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacture Co.,Ltd was founded in December, 2013, located in Wuhu Aviation Industrial Park, Anhui province. It is a state-owned high-tech enterprise occupied in the research, manufacture, sale, maintenance and service of general-purpose aero-planes, aircrafts and associated equipment. It is jointly invested and established by China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC) and Wuhu municipal government.

The company has set up comprehensive technical cooperation with Austrian Diamond Aircraft Industries, introducing and producing two types of advanced, multi-purpose light general aircrafts and co-developing new types.

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