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China To Display Military Might At Air Show

A man looks at a Chinese-made P12 Missile Weapon System at the 6th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, 30 October 2006. Photo courtesy of Ted Aljibe and AFP.
by Staff Writers
Zhuhai, China (AFP) Oct 31, 2006
China will use a major air show to display its military might, just weeks after North Korea launched its first nuclear test, organisers said Monday. State-owned weapons manufacturer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) said it would exhibit a record number of missiles and fighter jets at Airshow China on Tuesday.

The display will demonstrate "the advanced capability and level of Chinese missile weapon systems to safeguard its territorial air, sea and land," CASIC said in a statement.

The move follows North Korea's declaration on October 9 that it had conducted its first nuclear test, which led to sanctions being imposed by the UN Security Council.

Air, naval and surface-to-surface missiles will be on show at the Sixth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which opens on Tuesday and will run until November 5.

CASIC President Yin Xingliang said the company would also exhibit some small satellites, various unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ships.

One of the highlights of the air show will be China's most advanced fighter-pilot trainer, the "Shanying", or Mountain Eagle.

The two-seat, single-engine aircraft is capable of carrying 2,000 kilograms (4410 pounds) weapon payloads such as short-range air-to-air missiles and rocket launders and bombs, and will hold daily demonstrations at the show.

The third-generation L-15 advanced training aircraft and the capsule of China's second manned, spacecraft Shenzhou VI will also be on display at the bi-annual event.

Some of the newest Russia military aircraft are also expected, the organisers said.

However, the much-anticipated FC-1 fighter aircraft, which China jointly developed with Pakistan, will not be on display.

China's only international airshow will this year be attended by 550 exhibitors from over 33 countries and regions.

Exhibitors include Airbus, Boeing, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), Embraer and Rolls-Royce.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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