China's indigenous third-generation Jian-10 (Fighter-10)
makes its debut in Beijing January 5, 2007. The airplane is manufactured
by the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) based on the
country's own Intellectual Property Rights. [Xinhua]
China's home-made new-generation fighter aircraft, the Jian-10 (Fighter-10),
made its debut in Beijing on Friday.
A five-minute-long video film revealed how the fighter takes off, lands,
fires missiles and flies in formation.
A model of the single-seater Jian-10 was also unveiled by the China Aviation
Industry Corporation I (AVIC I), which spent seven years developing the fighter
aircraft, the Taihang turbofan engine and the new-generation air-to-air
The multi-role Jian-10 has single-seater and two-seater versions.
China has become the fourth country in the world to develop its own advanced
fighter aircraft, aero-engines and missiles, said Geng Ruguang, deputy general
manager of AVIC I.
The Jian-10 and the Taihang turbofan engine, both with proprietary
intellectual property rights (IPR), herald the third generation of Chinese
fighter aircraft and military aero-engines, said Geng.
The Jian-10 series marks a breakthrough in China's research and development
of heavy fighter aircraft, said Liu Gaozhuo, executive commander in chief of the
Military observers say the Jian-10 can not match American fourth-generation
fighter aircraft in performance but its basic design and home-made onboard
equipment are comparable to those of mainstream fighter aircraft in the West.
The Jian-10 will help the Chinese Air Forces improve defense capabilities and
speed up weapon modernization.
China is now capable of developing its own big thrust military aero-engines
and the Taihang turbofan engine will power its third-generation fighter
aircraft, said Liu.
Geng said the Chinese Air Force had been equipped with the country's
newly-developed fourth-generation air-to-air missiles, which can launch
beyond-visual-range and multi-target attacks and do not require further guidance
AVIC I has also successfully developed China's first turbofan regional jet,
the ARJ21, which can carry 70 to 110 passengers.
The ARJ21 is expected to make its maiden flight in March 2008 and deliveries
will begin before October 2009.
The manufacturer has received 71 orders for the plane from domestic airline
companies including Shanghai Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
AVIC I is the leading aircraft manufacturer in China and provides the Chinese
armed forces with 90 percent of their airborne weapons.
It has already produced 1,500 aircraft, 50,000 aero-engines and over 10,000
Company sales have grown six years in a row to reach 80 billion yuan (10.26
billion U.S. dollars) in 2006, up 15.7 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, profits
reached three billion yuan, up 42 percent.