JiaoLian-8, JL-8 (K-8 Karakorum) fighter jet trainer aircraft of the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force
The JL-8 (K-8) is a basic jet trainer which was jointly developed by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in order to replace the old jet trainers in service in voth countries.
Pakistani Air Force is replacing the T-37 jet trainers with new build K-8 Karakorums while People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has adopted this jet trainer as JL-8 (JiaoLian-8) to replace its obsolete JJ-5 jet trainer.
The JL-8 can carry 23mm gun pod on its centeral hard point, 57 mm unguided rockets , 500lb bombs and PL-5/7 WVRAAM.
China and Pakistan has exported K-8 fighter jet trainer to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Namibia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sudan, Venezuela and Bolivia.