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KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese made advanced jet trainer Falcon L-15 developed by China’s Jiangxi Hongdu Aviation Industry Group appeared in the Russian International Air Show, being held starting on August 18. The manufacturer claimed that the Falcon has a pneumatic platform with a three-axle and four-redundancy fly-by-wire flight control system. It claimed that the plane can simulate the flight performance of combat aircraft at a low cost, has the flight performance and maneuverability similar to the new generation of fighters and can meet the training demand of its pilots.
Reports suggests that the Falcon will attend the International Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates this November and even perhaps make its debut in Langkawi but it depends on how we play our cards. I remembered in 2007, the Chinese make a late withdrawal from the Lima show for reasons unknown ranging from high entry cost to some talk of intrigue. I do not mind the Falcon taking part in Lima but any talk of buying the plane must be banished ASAP.
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