The Hongdu Yakovlev CJ-7 (L-7) is a two-seat piston engined trainer aircraft jointly developed by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (Hongdu) and the Yak Aircraft Corporation (Yakovlev), primarily for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Design and development
The CJ-7 is a Hongdu/Yakovlev jointly-developed single-engine, two-seat, propeller-driven, trainer aircraft. Hongdu Aviation Industry Group is an aircraft manufacturer that is part of China Aviation Industry Corporation II. The aircraft is intended to be the sole primary trainer used by Chinese aviation schools. The CJ-7 is capable of basic flight training and surveillance missions. The CJ-7 trainer is expected to replace large numbers of Nanchang CJ-6 trainers in the People's Liberation Army Air Force.
The CJ-7 project started in 2006. At the end of 2010, the CJ-7 made its first flight. It is expected PLAAF will purchase 300-500 CJ-7s.
- Crew: 2
- Max takeoff weight: 1,290 kg (2,844 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M14X 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 270 kW (360 hp)
- Maximum speed: 360 km/h (224 mph; 194 kn)
- Range: 1,300 km (808 mi; 702 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,247 ft)
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