ZHUHAI – China once again displays its tireless pursuit of the aerospace dream and commitment to greater openness at Airshow China 2021, catching the world’s attention with moves far beyond the inspiration from acrobatic flights.
China unveiled a range of new military and civilian aircraft, its latest achievements in space exploration, and a series of cutting-edge technologies and electronics at this year’s Airshow China, or the 13th International Expo. China Aviation and Aerospace in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province (southern China). .
About 700 companies from around 40 countries and regions brought thousands of exhibits to participate in the airshow both online and offline.
SERVING THE NATION, THE PEOPLE
Thunders of cheers erupted among the audience for the incredible flight shows, including the flights of the J-20 stealth fighter jets powered by nationally developed engines, the mind-blowing performance of the AG600 large amphibious aircraft and independent flight. Wing Loong -2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
All of these planes highlighted the core and key technologies independently developed by China.
The J-20 was part of the line of new aircraft brought by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force to the air show. Others included a new high altitude reconnaissance drone, the WZ-7. The Y-20 heavy transport aircraft and other major combat equipment were also on display at the show.
The PLA air force works in accordance with the strategic requirements for the integration of air and space capabilities as well as the coordination of offensive and defensive operations. Its aim is to make progress towards building a world-class strategic air force, PLA Air Force Commander Chang Dingqiu said at the air show.
China has worked hard to master key and fundamental independent technologies in its aerospace industry, in order to protect national security, economic development and people’s livelihoods.
“Wing Loong performed the first big drone air show flight. The great strides come from the development of the country’s entire aviation industry, as well as the advancement of key technologies, ”said Li Yidong, chief designer of the Wing Loong series drone and deputy general. Director of AVIC (Chengdu) Unmanned Aircraft System Co., Ltd.
“Wing Loong began to serve the people in emergency relief, weather monitoring and man-made precipitation missions,” Li said.
SHARING OF OPPORTUNITIES
The aerospace industry not only reflects the scientific and manufacturing strength of a country, but also connects a long industrial chain to many industrial players around the world.
The Airshow China is a platform for global companies to cooperate with China, an open aerospace power and the world’s second largest civil aviation market with strong post-pandemic prospects.
“China is a big market and is constantly opening up. Boeing is very optimistic about the Chinese market,” said Sherry Carbary, president of Boeing China.
“We continue to seek investment opportunities in China to support our clients,” she said.
At the air show, Boeing and its local partners announced their intention to create two new production lines for converted cargo ships in the city of Guangzhou in southern China. The plan will increase the capacity of the Boeing 767-300 Converted Freighter (BCF) to meet strong market demand.
Airbus Helicopters has signed a strategic cooperation agreement and a contract with State Grid General Aviation Company to improve its support and service capacity with more localized solutions in China.
“I really like the energy and enthusiasm generated by the airshow. We have brought some really new and interesting things here, such as connected aircraft solutions and green aviation technologies. We are signing many new cooperation agreements with customers and partners, ”said Steven Lien, President of Honeywell China and Aerospace Asia Pacific.
China is the second largest market for the American aerospace giant. “China’s wider openness and economic vitality will allow us to do even more of what we have been doing in recent decades here, and we are sure to continue to accelerate,” Lien added.
Exploring the sky and the universe has been an endless dream of the nation.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the space exploration and aviation industry, the dream has gradually come true.
At the air show, a long line lined up at the booth of the National Space Administration of China (CNSA). Lunar soil, along with the Chang’e-5 re-entry capsule and sealed container that brought lunar soil back to Earth, attracted thousands of visitors every day.
“The booth has been a very popular place since the air show opened, as countless presentations have been given every day. The kids and teens are so excited to see what’s on the moon,” said a guide.
The Mars exploration mission is also the bearer of this Chinese dream. On May 22, China’s first Martian rover Zhurong descended a ladder and landed on the surface of Mars, making China the second country after the United States to operate a rover on the Red Planet. Zhurong’s small steps on the Red Planet marked a big step in China’s exploration of deep space.
According to Wu Yanhua, deputy director of CNSA, China has carried out 152 launch missions, sent 341 spacecraft into orbit and signed 44 space cooperation documents with 14 countries and two international organizations in the past five years.
China has carried out various cooperation with countries such as Russia, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Pakistan on exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and outer space, has Wu said.
“It is our dream to explore the universe and better use it for the benefit of mankind, which cannot be achieved without persistent efforts and cooperation with countries around the world,” Wu said.
More and more young Chinese are taking over the missions of their predecessors. David Hong, a Hong Kong student at Shenzhen University, said he was considering a career in the aerospace industry after watching the air show.
“I am so proud of my country. It is an honor to have the opportunity to witness cutting edge technologies and to speak with engineers and developers. I would love to be a part of the aerospace industry and contribute to my country and my people, ”said Hong.