SINGAPORE — At this year’s Singapore Airshow, Chinese aviation companies AVIC and CATIC are pushing into the export defense market for Southeast Asia.
Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) provided brochures and models of their platforms at this year’s airshow.
On display were models of the L-15 Falcon advanced jet trainer, FC-1/JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, Z-9WE attack helicopter, Wing Loong (Pterodactyl) unmanned combat aerial vehicle, ASN-209 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and the K-8 basic jet trainer.
Missing this year from the AVIC/CATIC booth are models and brochures of the J-10 fighter.
New Chinese exhibitors included Beijing ZhongHangZhi Technology Company with their static display of the TD220 unmanned helicopter. The TD220 is a 300kg class, multi-purpose and VTOL with a coaxial, twin-rotor and “HeliAP” autopilot. With an endurance of five hours it can be equipped with a variety of payloads, including infrared, synthetic aperture radar, laser radar, multi-spectral imaging, communication relay, and ground penetrating radar.
This year’s Singapore Airshow has the largest Chinese pavilion in the history of the airshow, with a number of new Chinese companies exhibiting: Aero AT (Jiangsu) Aviation Industry Company, Beijing ZhongHangZhi Technology Company, China Aircraft Services Ltd, Chengdu-based Haite Group, Hong Kong Aviation Industry Association, LIMBACH, Shanghai Jinfan Container Seal Company, Topcast, Wanhang Die Forging Company, and Xibeihu Special Vehicle Company.