ZHUHAI: China displayed its military might by exhibiting a series of brand
new precision assault weapons during the on-going Zhuhai airshow, which opened
on Monday in South China's Guangdong Province.
The weapons on show included precision-guided bombs and long-range striking
systems hailed by military experts as symbols that the People's Liberation Army
has entered an era of precision attack.
In a rare collective appearance, the airshow also brought together a number
of new air, naval and surface-to-surface missiles, reports said.
For example, the LT-2 500-kilogram laser-guided bomb and the LS-6
glide-guided bomb, developed by the China Aviation Industry Corporation I, both
made debuts at the show. Both types of bombs were designed on the basis of
traditional bombs, reports said.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation displayed two types of
precision-guided bombs FT-1 and FT-3, which enjoy a high percentage of hits and
can be widely used for short-distance air raids and blockage as well as
disrupting an enemy's air defence and crippling naval ships, reports said.
The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), another
State-owned weapons manufacturer, exhibited around 20 types of missiles at the
sixth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, Xinhua News Agency
The P12 strategic missile system developed by CASIC, was regarded as the most
intriguing and eye-catching item on display.
CASIC said the missile defence system demonstrates China's capability to
defend the country's airspace and territory.
Yin Xingliang, CASIC general manager, said China's missile systems had
reached the technical level of developed countries in the late 1990s.
Yin also said CASIC had worked for the peaceful utilization of technologies
in the military industry and aerospace technologies in the civil aviation
After about 50 years of development, China is catching up with the worlds
most advanced technology in the design of air-to-air missiles, said Jin
Xianzhong, a senior missile designer, in an Internet interview with the