Six FTC-2000G fighter jets from China arrived in Myanmar this November and are currently being checked at Meiktila airbase before their deployment to Namhsan airbase in southern Shan State, opposition media reported quoting air force sources.
The jets are likely to be used in the regime’s ongoing airstrikes against civilians and resistance forces fighting alongside ethnic armed groups across the country.
The six FTC-2000Gs will apparently replace the military’s K-8 light fighter jets. Earlier, opposition media had reported that JF-17 jets with Myanmar have been grounded for want of spares.
The FTC-2000G is a light multi-role trainer and combat aircraft capable of carrying up to 3 tons of weapons and tasked mainly with airstrikes against ground targets, according to aerospace news portal Defense World.
It can also be used for flight training, aerial surveillance, patrol missions, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, close-in air support, and air escort missions.
The FTC-2000G is in service with the Navy and Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army and costs US$8.5 million per unit.