From November 22 to 25, 2016, the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS PAKISTAN 2016) was held in Karachi. The exhibition attracted 418 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions.
The Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence organized nine China’s military trade enterprises as a China National Defence Pavilion to participate in the exhibition. CATIC brought the JF-17, L15, Z-10ME, Z-9ME, Z-19ME and Wing Loong models to the China Pavilion, one of the two national ones, which demonstrates the AVIC’s systematic and professional aviation equipment strength.
The high-level foreign military and government officials visited the CATIC booth frequently followed by intensive and efficient talks. The Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif was also present at the China Pavilion and visited the CATIC booth just on the first day of the exhibition. As the China’s mainstay aviation military trade country, Pakistan has been one of the CATIC’s important partners.
This exhibition established a good platform for CATIC to meet the high Pakistan government and military officials, thus effectively promoting the development of the both sides’ projects and expanding the CATIC’s influence in the international military trade, especially the Pakistan market.
On November 1, 2016, the 11th China Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition opened in Zhuhai. As the biggest exhibition in Zhuhai Airshow’s history, this year’s airshow attracted over 700 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions. The more than 150 aircraft on display include the Airbus A350, Boeing B787-9, SSJ-100, and CS300, as well as the Chinese J-20.
Flight demonstrations are always the highlights of the Zhuhai Airshow. The J-20 made its debut to the public while dancing to tunes in the blue sky. The large transporter Y-20, nicknamed Little Fat Girl, soared fiercely into the sky. The Chinese PLA Air Force’s August 1st Aerobatic Display Team also flew in sequence. The UK Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows came with their Hawk, fast-jet trainers, and displayed the Heart and Spear for the first time in China. The Russian Air Force’s Knights and Swifts conducted a mixed formation flight display for the first time in China. The Pakistani JF-17 formation also made a colorful display. China, the UK, Russia, and Pakistan made displays on the same stage.
AVIC’s display, titled 20 Years of Leaping Forward Development, brings over 160 types of core aviation products and systems across 11 categories to the exhibition. With six foci, the overall strength, brand image, and social responsibility of Chinese aviation will be presented to promote international cooperation and exchange, as well as international aviation product marketing. Visitors came and went from the China-Pakistan booth, which attracted many people to visit while listening to a special presentation by both CATIC and Pakistani Air Force presenters.