Chinese Defence, Aerospace firms Plan Big Bang Introductions at Airshow China

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  • 03:02 PM, October 10, 2018
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Chinese Defence, Aerospace firms Plan Big Bang Introductions at Airshow China
NORINCO VN3 4x4 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle: NORINCO Image

China North Industries Group Corp or Norinco Group (CNIGC) and China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp (CASC) plan to unveil a number of new products at Airshow China next month in Zhuhai.

CNIGC’s displays will include about 100 system products in air defense, coastal defense, ground strikes, unmanned combat, early warning and surveillance security, commercial aerospace, and command communications and support. Sixty percent of them are to make maiden appearances, Chinese state owned media outlets reported today.

Main battle tanks, wheeled armored vehicles, crawler-type infantry fighting vehicles, and other equipment will climb slopes, wade in ponds, and perform snake-shaped maneuvers. Training demonstrations of shooting, basic tactics, equipment deployment, and withdrawal will also be included.

CNIGC continues to maintain double-digit profit growth with increasing global competitiveness. The company ranked 140th in the 2018 Fortune Global 500 list, up from 205th place in 2012, Li added.

State-owned CASC will debut of its carrier rocket family, the Long March-11, or CZ-11 (Chang Zheng-11), developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). According to Jin Xin, deputy chief commander of the project, the CZ-11 has a diameter of 2 m (6.6 ft) and is the only solid-fueled carrier rocket of the Long March family. It is easy to operate, cost-efficient to launch, and quick to connect to satellites.

Furthermore, the launch vehicle can remain in storage for long periods and launch reliably on short notice. The CZ-11 has sent Zhuhai-1 micro-nano satellites aloft twice and recorded another two successful operations.

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