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Procurement: Venezuela Doubles Up On Chinese Jets
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September 28, 2008: Venezuela has doubled its order for a dozen K-8 trainer aircraft from China. These aircraft cost about $25 million each. China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma).

The K8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, jet trainer. It can use an American, Chinese or Ukrainian engine. Originally, China was going to just use a 3600 pound thrust American engines. But after the 1989 Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy forces, the United States cut off the supply of engines. This encouraged China to design a similar engine (the WS-11). But China has had a hard time mastering the precise technologies and manufacturing techniques needed to build jet engines. So it has been buying the Ukrainian AI-25TLK, while it works to perfect its own engine design.

The K8 has a cruising speed of 800 kilometers an hour, endurance of four hours and five hard points. It can carry a 23mm cannon in the hard point under the fuselage, and half a ton of bombs, rockets or missiles, from the four hard points on the wings. This gives the aircraft combat capability, at least against a foe with few anti-aircraft weapons. Electronics on the JL-8 are minimal, as it's basically a two seat trainer, to prepare fighter pilots before they climb into anything from a an F-16 to Su-30s (Venezuela has both).

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newjarheadean    bread no butter LOL   9/28/2008 4:01:00 PM
AHOY again I just find it strange how a nation can have Nukes but has trouble with jet engines. And then there are the drug cartels that can't produce the raw or base chemicals to make the illegal drugs. And the Terrorist who are with the drug dealers (according to lots of reports) are going to make Bio or chemical weapons? G-day!
 
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trenchsol       9/29/2008 7:26:19 AM
I wonder what is going to happen at the end of current president term. According to the existing laws Chavez must leave the office. What if opposition candidate wins the election ? It could happen, because "Chavesistas" lost the referendum to keep Chavez in office for life.
 
Will "Chavesistas" keep the power by force, or rig the elections ? Or both ?
 
In theory, Chavez might be convicted, if the evidence about supporting FARC is solid. He would be facing charges of terrorism and drug trafficking in that case.
 
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Hurlbee36       9/30/2008 2:13:01 AM

I wonder what is going to happen at the end of current president term. According to the existing laws Chavez must leave the office. What if opposition candidate wins the election ? It could happen, because "Chavesistas" lost the referendum to keep Chavez in office for life.

Will "Chavesistas" keep the power by force, or rig the elections ? Or both ?

In theory, Chavez might be convicted, if the evidence about supporting FARC is solid. He would be facing charges of terrorism and drug trafficking in that case.
DG
I think the prioritized military build up should give us a clue.

 
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