China's domestically-developed FTC-2000G versatile warplane has taken its maiden flight in southwestern China, its developer says,expressing hope the new fighter jet would meet the demands of the international market.
China’s official Xinhua news agency broke the news on Friday, adding that the new aircraft had been developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
It also said that the FTC-2000G successfully had made its maiden flight in the city of Anshun in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou earlier in the day.
The developer said the multi-functional warplane can be employed for attacking, engaging in combat and daily training. It added that the aircraft was also flexible, reliable, cost-effective, and equipped with a variety of functionalities, including the night vision capability.
The Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation further said that its new military aircraft, if armed with additional equipment, could perform reconnaissance, electronic warfare and other tasks to meet customers’ different needs.
It took the FTC-2000G some seven months to be developed using technological innovation for improvement of its flight performance, said Wang Wenfei, the chief commander of the project.
Back in February, China said it had begun introducing its domestically-developed J-20 stealth warplanes into combat units, in a potentially significant upgrade of its air force capabilities.