Venezuela received the first batch of Chinese K-8W trainer can be linked to ground missiles
Venezuela Air Force K-8 trainer aircraft fleet
Hugo Chavez got into the K-8 cockpit
BEIJING, March 16 news: According to the Russian military-industrial complex site March 15 reported that Venezuelan President investigation Weiss was signed on 13 March to receive the first batch of four Chinese-made K-8W trainer of the Act. The K-8W-ground missiles can be equipped, free-fall bombs and guided weapons.
Chavez to receive these new trainer in a ceremony held on the announcement, these K-8W is for the Venezuelan Air Force has a tremendous sense of history and anti-imperialist, to help the military committee to defend national sovereignty.
However, the Commission did not disclose the side from the China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation bought the trainer a specific group of prices.
China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation, who announced last year mid-term in Venezuela, in the K-8W trainer within three years from delivery of a package of material – technical support, and will use these trainer within the period of the life-cycle maintenance services.
K-8 by the China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation, Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Company and Pakistan jointly developed by the South to fly a basis for design and manufacture advanced jet trainer, is also China’s first and foreign cooperation in the development, export-oriented trainer. The aircraft is equipped with modern avionics systems, including instrumentation, communication and navigation equipment, pilot training to meet the 21st century. The aircraft sustained flight with a strong capacity, the maximum flight speed of 800 km, combat radius of 400 km, maximum range of more than 2100 km endurance more than three hours. K-8 both for the A-5 attack aircraft or F-5 fighter aircraft like the provision of basic training, but also for the US-made F-16 advanced fighters like to provide advanced training.
K-8′s payload of up to a ton, when used as a combat aircraft, which is equipped with a 23 mm caliber cannon, can also be mounted two air to air missiles, bombs or rockets, for airports and other air defense operations to places. In addition, it can be installed camera and electronic scanning equipment, an air reconnaissance missions.
So far, K-8′s output has exceeded 500, part of which is also exported to some countries in Asia and Africa.
Chavez has said the appointment of a number of radar systems to China to buy for the fight against drug smuggling. Currently, the United States from Brazil and Spain to block access to the Committee to use the US-made technology, air surveillance radar systems.
need to be reminded that Venezuela has also purchased from Russia in 2006, 24 Su-30 multipurpose fighter jets, 50 military helicopters and 100,000 AK-103 assault rifles, the total value of $ 3 billion dollars. (Compass)
Photos: Commission formally Air Force K-8 aircraft equipped with China’s President Hugo Chavez boarding experience