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Burma Buys 50 K-8 Fighter Jets From China

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  1. SXNJ

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    The Burmese air force continues to expand with the recent procurement of 50 K-8 jet trainer aircraft from China, according to sources within the air force in Meikhtila.

    “Parts of the K-8 aircraft were transported by cargo ship from China and are being assembled at the Aircraft Production and Maintenance Base in Meikhtila,” said one of the sources.

    The purchase of the 50 aircraft comes after Burma’s air force chief Lt-Gen Myat Hein traveled to China in November to negotiate an upgrade to the fleet of Chinese-made military aircraft already owned by Burma.

    “There are two reasons to purchase K-8 trainers,” said the source. “Either for training exercises or for counter-insurgency.”

    The K-8 jet trainer, sometimes called the K-8 Karakorum or the Hongdu JL-8, is a joint venture between China and Pakistan, and is fitted with air-to-air missiles and rockets.

    In 1998-9, the Burmese air force bought 12 K-8 jet trainers from China, which are now stationed at Taungoo Air Base in Pegu Division.

    In addition to purchasing Chinese-made fighters and trainer aircraft, Naypyidaw signed a contract in late 2009 to buy 20 MiG-29 jet fighters from Russia at a cost of nearly US $570 million.

    “The parts of the MiG-29 jet fighters will arrive in July and September by cargo ship and by plane,” said an officer close to Col. Tun Aung, a key figure in the Burmese air force. He said that the 20 Russian aircraft will be assembled in Meikhtila.

    Meanwhile, Burma's main air base for maintenance, the Aircraft Production and Maintenance Air Base (APMAB) in Panchangone in Mingaladon Township has been relocated to Nyaunggone, close to the regime's Flying Training Base in Shante in Meikhtila Township, according to a source from the air base.

    “The APMAB got the order from Naypyidaw in January to relocate to the new location,” he said, but said he did not know why the relocation took place.

    Military sources from Rangoon said that Burmese ruling military council upgraded the air force’s facilities and expanded airfields, as well as two air force bases in Bassein and Homemalin in 2006, to fulfill operational capabilities.

    Burma has brought 280 aircraft from China, Russia, Yugoslavia and Poland, including trainers and fighters, since the military took power in 1988.

    The Burmese air force was founded in 1947 before Burmese independence. Its main objective has since been counter campaigns against the Communist Party of Burma and several ethnic armies.

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    K-8 from Venezuela air force
     
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    well..its time for Bangladesh to beef up its own air force..you guys seem to lag behind..
     
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    now a days boom sale of k-8 why guys?
     
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    Its good Jet thats why, What other reason does it have???
     
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    because its too late now after 10 years of induction
     
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    It happens, aircrafts do get upgraded dear, Pakistan too has marketing rights, Isn't it?
     
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    The success of K8 has two reasons... one it can be used to multiple roles, as trainer and light attack as well can have A2A missiles. 2nd is that it is really cheap in terms of price ...

    Pakistan is 25% partner in K8 program and produces some parts.
     
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    I am confused cuz K-8 trainer was built through joint cooperation between the governments of Pakistan and the People's Republic of China. So it makes Pakistan 50% partner, isnt it??

    and yeah it is cheap, just 3 million $, and can be used as light attack aircraft aswel
     
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    Operators of the JL-8 and K-8.
    Red = Current, Dark red = Former, Pink = Potential
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    Another success to Joint Cooperation of Pak China.

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    Sherdil performing acrobats on K8



     
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