CATIC / Hongdu / Nanchang K-8 / JL-8 / Karakorum

Jet Trainer / Ground-Attack Aircraft

CATIC K-8 Karakorum, Air Force of Zimbabwe, 2106G © Gary Shephard
Photo ©: Gary Shephard (Photos at
The Nanchang/Hongdu JL-8/K-8 Karakorum is a single-engine two-seat jet trainer and light ground-attack aircraft produced by the Chinese manufacturer China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.
The JL-8/K-8 was developed by the China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (75%) and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, PAC (25%). Export variants are marketed by the Chinese CATIC as K-8 Karakorum.
Propulsion1 Turbofan Engine
Engine ModelGarrett TFE731-3-1H
Engine Power16,5 kN3700 lbf
alternative Engine Variant
Engine ModelIvchenko-Progress ZMKB AI-25TL
Engine Power16,9 kN3800 lbf
Speed950 km/h513 kts
  590 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 0.75
Service Ceiling13.000 m42.651 ft
Rate of climb1800 m/min5905 ft/min
Range1.398 km755 NM
869 mi.
Empty Weight2.687 kg5.924 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight4.330 kg9.546 lbs
Wing Span9,63 m31 ft 7 in
Wing Area17,0 m183 ft
Length11,60 m38 ft 1 in
Height4,21 m13 ft 10 in
First Flight21.11.1990
Production Statusin production
Data for (Version)Hongdu K-8
VariantsK-8, K-8E, K-8P, JL-8, L-11