China has the technology to
build an aircraft carrier, said the spokesman of the country's top national
defense research and development body in Beijing yesterday, China Radio
China has the capability of building an aircraft carrier, but it is still
unknown when one will be built, Huang Qiang, the spokesman, said at the press
Besides accomplishing the development of high-tech weapons and equipment,
China's national defense industry will also further develop military and
civilian technologies this year, which includes technologies for information
security, new energies, anti-terrorism equipment and man-made satellites,
according to Huang.
China's national defense sector made significant progress in technical
advancements and weapon development in 2006, said Zhang Yunchuan, minister of
the State Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense,
at the conference.
The country plans to equip its armed forces with a batch of new advanced
weapons, Zhang said.
China's national defense industry was expected to
register an aggregate profit of more than 20 billion yuan (US$2.56 billion) in
2006, up by at least 50 percent from a year ago. Military industrial enterprises
are all profiting, Zhang said.
China also kicked off research and development on a trunk line airplane.
However, to accomplish the mission, it still needs 10 more years, Huang said.
The trunk line plane project will span two or three years during China's
"five-year plan period," according to Huang.