BAF receive 7 new K-8W jet trainers from China
Staff Correspondent || shiningbd
The Bangladesh Air Force is ferrying its newly acquired K-8W jet trainers from China Photo: Collected
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) have received seven brand new K-8W jet trainers from China following a G2G agreement for intermediate jet trainers. A contingent of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) pilots were sent to China to bring back the aircraft. It is expected that the newly purchased aircraft will make a stopover in a neighboring country before landing in Bangladesh.
According to the relevant sources, the deal worth $200 million signed on 20th June 2018, for 7 K-8W jet trainers, was supposed to be performed several months ago. But delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The delivery of the aircraft was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic even though the aircraft were already built and ready to be delivered to the Bangladesh Air Force several months ago.
Currently, the K-8W is based at Jashore, at the Matiur Rahman airbase with the 15 Squadron.
Two aircraft crashed since introduction in 2014 including one in 1 July 2018 killing two pilots during a night training mission as a result of technical failure.
Once the seven K-8W jet trainers are ferried back to Bangladesh a total of 15 aircraft will be available with its respective parent squadron for conducting intermediate jet training.
The K-8W is a two-seat intermediate jet trainer and a light attack aircraft designed, having an improved cockpit and HUD. The aircraft has a capacity to carry a total of 1,000 kg of payload in 5 hardpoints. A 23mm cannon pod can be mounted on the centerline hardpoint, whereas each underwing hardpoint has a carrying capacity for 250 kg of ordnance.
57 mm unguided rockets with 12 rounds each can be carried as well as PL-5, PL-7 short-range air-to-air missiles, 200kg/250 kg unguided bombs, BL755 cluster bombs and two 80 gallon drop-tanks on the outboard under-wing hardpoints.
The K-8W is equipped with EFIS and is powered by the Ukrainian Ivchenko-Progress AI-25TLK turbofan jet engine with 16.9 kN of thrust.
Its airframe has a service life of 8,000 flight hours.