UAE's purchase of China's LCA L-15 Hongdu could cloud the UAE's relations with the US, here's why

UAE's purchase of China's LCA L-15 Hongdu could cloud the UAE's relations with the US, here's why
LCA L-15 Hongdu China /Military Watch Magazine

International Military - The Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will purchase 12 Fighter Lead In Trainer/Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT/LCA) type "L-15 Hongdu" made in China. This has even been agreed by both parties. However, in fact this plan can not run smoothly just like that. The UAE's purchase of FLIT/LCA aircraft from China is expected to worsen relations between the UAE and the United States.

Reporting from Defense Security Asia, this can be claimed as an act that will further muddy the long-standing relationship with the United States. "We are in the final stages of talks with China.

The final contract will be signed by both parties in the near future,” said Tareq Al Hosani, chief executive of the Tawazun Economic Council. Tareq said the plane had advanced technology. As is known, the US postponed the sale of the F-35 stealth fighter to the UAE.

This then made the UAE turn away and decide to buy 80 Rafale aircraft from France. The impact of this has also made the UAE want to buy FLIT/LCA aircraft from the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). For now, the value of the purchase of FLIT/LCA aircraft by the UAE is unknown but the L-15 aircraft are estimated to be worth between US$ 10 million and US$ 15 million per unit.

According to reports, Argentina and Venezuela which are facing economic sanctions including from the United States have shown interest in acquiring the L-15 aircraft. The L-15 is an advanced trainer aircraft currently being developed by the Nanchang-based Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation.

Reporting from, this aircraft made its maiden flight on March 13, 2006. The L-15 has two seats, two engines featuring the latest advanced technology developed by China.

These technologies include digital quadruple fly-by-wire (FBW), glass cockpit (two multi-colored head-down displays for the front and rear cockpits), and additional head-up displays for the front cockpit), and hands-on-throttle flight control. -and-stick (HOTAS).

The downward field of view for the front cockpit is 18°, and 6° for the rear cockpit, exceeding US requirements. The aerodynamic performance of the aircraft is enhanced by the large leading edge extensions (LEX) design, which provides a maximum angle of attack of 30°.

This is especially useful when trying to simulate the maneuvers of advanced fourth-generation fighters such as the J-10, JF-17 and J-11.

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