AVIC I launched seven new planes last year
PLA Daily 2004-01-12
China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I ) made fresh progress last year, with 5 planes having passed evaluation and seven new planes completed their maiden flight.
According to the sources, AVIC I made great efforts to develop new military equipment in 2003 and achieved heartening results. "Xiaolong/FC-1", or fierce dragon, produced by the corporation last year was applauded as one of the "Ten Major National Scientific Events in 2003" and the development of the advanced trainer "Shanying" or mountain eagle, created a record of using the shortest time to develop a new plane in Chinese aviation history, indicating that China's capabilities of developing advanced trainer has reached to a new height. Among these planes, some have been developed for 18 years and become a milestone model in aviation equipment and weapons, while the others were top-notch products, which could be compared favorably with those of advanced aviation equipment countries. Major breakthrough has also been made in developing civil planes. After the signing of the order form for 35 new turbine branch-line aircraft by start-up customers, four aircraft manufacturing plants in Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xi'an have started to make components simultaneously, indicating that this type of aircraft has completed its pre-development period and entered the development period. The corporation has been growing rapidly and healthily for the past four consecutive years.
By Gu Ping and Zhou Zongkui
(January 12, PLA Daily)
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