Hongdu L-15 Falcon
In the early 2000s, Hongdu began work on an entirely new advanced trainer, assisting in the project was Yakovlev OKB. The L-15 has a composite structure and features a digital quadruple fly by wire, glass cockpit, and hands on throttle and stick flight control. The aerodynamic performance is enhanced by large leading edge extentsions, which give a maximum angle of attack of 30 degrees. The aircraft can also have four underwing and two wingtip hardpoints.
The L-15 made its maiden flight on March 13, 2006. The L-15 was in competition with the JL-9 for the PLAAF. Chief test pilot for the project was Colonel Zhang Jingting.
Hongdu has marketed the airframe abroad with some success - Zambia and Venezuela having ordered small numbers.