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K-8 Karakorum Light Attack and Jet Trainer Aircraft

Role

Jet trainer and light attack aircraft

Crew

Two

Country

Pakistan

Maiden Flight

November 1990

Introduced

September 1994

Numbers Built

500

Length

11.6m

Height

4.21m

Wingspan

9.63m

Wing Area

17.02m²

Wheel Track

2.54m

Wheel Base

4.44m

Empty Weight

2,757kg

Maximum Take-Off Weight

4,332kg

Normal Take-Off Weight

3,700kg

Internal Fuel Capacity

780kg

Type

Garrett TFE731-2A-2A turbofan

Number of Engines

One

Thrust

16.01kN

Maximum Speed

800km/h

Cruise Speed

185km/h

Stall Speed

160km/h

Range

2,140km

Service Ceiling

13,600m

Rate of Climb

30m/s

Endurance

Four hours 25 minutes

Take-off Run

440m

Landing Run

530m

Number of Hardpoints

Five

Guns

1× 23mm cannon pod

Rockets

57mm unguided rocket pods, capacity 12 rounds

Air to Air Missiles

PL-5 and PL-7

Bombs

200kg, 250kg unguided bomb, BL755 cluster bomb

Others

2 x fuel drop-tanks mounted on outboard under-wing hardpoints

Maximum Weapons Payload

943kg

Designer

Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation

Manufacturer

Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation (HAIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC)

Operators

PLA Air Force (PLAAF), Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Egyptian Air Force (EAF)

Engine

Honeywell Aerospace

Electronic Flight Instrumentation System

Rockwell Collins

Cockpit Seats

Martin-Baker

Voice Over Recorder or Instrument Landing System

Bendix/King
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