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"Made-in-China" shines at Zhuhai air show
Last Updated: 2015-01-24 10:17 | CE.cn
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By Liu Jin

The moment the AC3X2 helicopter was unveiled, the entire audience took a deep breath in awe of such a gorgeous and advanced helicopter developed in China, with China-red as its main color and streamlined fuselage as stunning as a dolphin.

According to Xu Chaoliang, civil aircraft chief designer of Avic China Helicopter Research and Development Institute, AC3X2 is a light helicopter equipped with 10 seats. It is not only stunning in appearance, but also energy-saving by 25 percent per capital compared with that of normal 7-seat light helicopters. It is customizable to meet various demands of navigation transport, rescue, law enforcement and business flight. The helicopter, collaboratively developed by China and France, has already obtained European airworthiness certificate. It is a light helicopter demonstrating the achievement of China's helicopter industry after 60 years' accumulation.

A large transport airplane model developed by Avic China Helicopter launched its official debut as well during the air show. Moreover, the actual airplane performed a demonstration flight for the air show. It is introduced to be capable of flying numerous missions such as personnel and supplies transport under complicated climate and regional situations, overall performance of which reached advanced level of overseas transport plane of the same kind.

"We used to purchase from others; now that we have the technique and strength, it is time for us to sell to others", said many of the audience in the exhibition hall with amazement.

A bunch of aircrafts demonstrating "advanced level" of "made-in-China" made stunning public debut. Other than self-developed J-10 and Y-20, J-31 (Huying), the fourth-generation medium multi-role combat aircraft attended the show for the first time and performed flight. Besides, two large airplanes - the model of the world's largest amphibious aircraft JL-600 and C919 large passenger plane's fuselage appeared in the show as well as play as a demonstration that domestic aircraft R&D is undergoing a historical transition from medium-small aircrafts to large aircrafts.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation brought such latest aerospace achievements as Mars probe, Cargo Spaceship, No. 7 Long March Launcher and No. 2 High- resolution Satellite for public debut, as well as signed purchase and cooperation agreements of approximate RMB100 billion on the first day of the show. According to Lei Fanpei, President of CASC, 30 projects signed this time cover products in multiple fields, including communication satellite, remote sensing satellite, carrier rocket etc., which tops in the number of projects, sum of amounts, richness of contents and fully demonstrates comprehensive strength of internalized and industrialized development of China Aerospace science.

UAV technology was another highlight of the air show. Star models, such as Military WJ-600A/D UAV and Pterosaur UAV, made public appearance one after another, manifesting the independent innovation strength in UAV technology of China. Homemade UAVs are featured by fast flying speed, high flying altitude, strong defense penetration capability that reflects China's high level of UVA R&D.

Civil UAV technology is also remarkable. Both Yaoying series UAS, VD-200 VTOL UAS showed up in the show, in particular to mention that it is the debut of VD-200 that is free of TOL equipment. It is introduced that the use of UAV domestically is in the transitioning stage of private use based on individual knowledge to service purchase. Yaoying series UAVs are targeting at high-end service chain of future civil UAVs.

In the display area of CASC, the pacemaker in China's missile industry, star missile, "upgraded" defense confrontation system and cutting-edge solid launch vehicle gathered at the show exhibiting a number of items such as air defense operation system, coast defense anti-ship operation system, ground attack system, unmanned operation system, space emergency system etc, surpassing the scale in all previous shows.

No. 4 exhibition hall has been the focus of attention being a fully new set hall, where various kinds of weaponry enchanted numerous military fans. As a large-scale exhibitor, China North Industries Group Corporation and China South Industries Group Corporation launched a joint armored appearance for the first time. Tank and armored vehicle, air-defense missile system, artillery missile, anti-missile weapon and force equipment showed up collectively, an extensive launch of core products representing the top level of China's army equipment, showing the technological innovation and strong technological strength of China's weaponry industry.

Air shows are important platforms for various countries to show the development achievements in their aerospace and aviation industries. Judging from current scientific and technological achievements, China's aerospace and aviation industries have made profound progress. Meanwhile it is noteworthy that we still have a long way to go in some fields like aircraft engines, UAV, etc.

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