The biennial 13th MAKS – International Aviation and Space Salon kicked off on July 18, 2017 in Zhukovsky City located in the suburbs of Moscow. More than 790 aerospace enterprises from 26 countries and regions participated at this exhibition, showcasing their thousands of R&D fruits or design concepts and seeking partners for cooperation.
AVIC, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, exhibited various main military and civil aircraft, including the military ones – the Y9E transport, single and twin seat FC-1/JF-17, L-15 advanced trainer as well as Wing Loong I UAS. As the highlight of the exhibition, the Wing Loong I all size model at the outside static area attracted a lot of customers and companies to visit and consult.
On the first day, Russian President Putin attended the opening ceremony and toured the exhibition hall. He made a special visit to the China’s exhibition area. The media, foreign aerospace enterprises, air forces and delegations of departments of national defense also visited the AVIC’s stand, showing their strong interests in the aircraft types, especially the Y9E transporter and Wing Loong I UAV.
On June 19, the 52nd Paris Air Show was open under the hot sun. It attracted over 2,300 exhibitors to the Bourget Airport located in the northeast of Paris. As the largest and longest-running air show, each exhibitor showcased its technically advanced and innovative products, which colorfully glutted the eyes of visitors.
With the theme: To Expand with International Aviation Industry, AVIC designed its participation in three categories of military aircraft, civil aircraft and airborne equipment, showcasing the key product models of the JF-17, FC-31, L15, Wing Loong I, Wing Loong II, Z-10ME, Z-19E, Y-9E and AC312, as well as the cockpit avionics of civil aircraft. In the static display area, the all-size Wing Loong II made its debut at the Paris Air Show, which caught attention from international customers and the media. This year is the 30th anniversary of AVIC’s participation in the Paris Air Show and CATIC ‘s 16th time to be present. Since AVIC/CATIC participated in the exhibition, with more expanding space and more upgrading products, the brands have seen more influence, laying a good foundation for the military trade market and effectively enhancing the exchange with international customers, thus speeding up integration into the world aviation industrial chain.
On the first day of trade days, CATIC invited and received the VIPs from the air forces/DODs from Myanmar, UAE, Angola, Mauritania, Tunisia and Senegal.