The JL-8 Jet Trainer's manufacturer is Hongdu Aircraft Corporation, which is under AVIC-II. The exportation designation name of JL-8 is K-8. It has been known that the K-8 has been exported to some developing countries in africa and south Asia, such as Sri Lanka, Zambia, Egypt, Zimbabwe. Besides, Hongdu Aircraft Corporation also sold a manufacturing line to Egypt. K-8 Trainer is one of the few profitable exporting projects in China military Industries. Hongdu's next "Earning Machine" is L-15 Advanced Jet Trainer, a competitor to Hawk and K-50 Golden Eagle.