2018 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition
China on Tuesday kicked off its largest airshow with a display of its aviation ambitions, unveiling a life-size model of a long-haul jet it is developing with Russia and showing off its J-20 stealth fighter jet in a roaring flight demonstration.
The main innovations of the aerospace show 2018:
China has become a key hunting ground for foreign aviation firms to do deals thanks to surging travel demand, but its trade relations with other countries have been tested by its ambitions to grow its own champions in industries such as aviation.
Among projects that fall into such a category is the widebody CR929 which is being jointly developed by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and hopes to eventually compete with Boeing Co's 787 and Airbus SE's A350 planes.
"Our programme is making progress and is on schedule," said UAC President Yury Slyusar at a ceremony to unveil the model of the CR929's cockpit and passenger cabin at the airshow. "It is currently in the preliminary design phase and we are also in the supplier and equipment selection phase, which will finish by the end of 2019."
The Chinese manned rocket and spacecraft of a new generation, the launch vehicle of a large capacity, the basic module of the space station, the lunar probe "Chang'e-4", satellite repeater "Queqiao" will be shown at the XII International Aerospace Salon in China Airshow 2018, which will be held in Zhuhai from November 6 to 11.
As a leading enterprise in the space industry of China and one of the organizers of the Zhuhai Airshow, CASC will present over 180 exhibits at the exhibition to comprehensively show China’s latest achievements in the space sector and the future development of space science and technology and defense construction.
The exhibition will feature the entire family of launch vehicles of a new generation. A new-generation manned rocket and spacecraft, a large-capacity launch vehicle, the basic module of the space station, the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, the Qu qiao satellite repeater will be demonstrated to the public for the first time.
In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with projects using satellites, including satellite navigation system "Beidou", satellite communications, satellite remote sensing. The first commercial space project in China, a satellite communications system based on low-orbit Hongyang satellites, as well as small launch vehicles for commercial astronautics will also be presented at the air show.
In 2016, more than 700 companies and organizations from 42 countries of the world took part in the exhibition. At the exhibition sites were located more than 150 aircraft of various models. An even greater number of developments were shown in the form of layouts and other promotional materials. In six days, about 400,000 people visited the exhibition. Within the framework of the salon more than 400 contracts for 40 billion US dollars were concluded.