On July 13th, 2016, Djibouti held a ceremony celebrating the arrival of two Y-12 aircraft. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony, including Djibouti’s president, prime minister, top military officers, as well as China’s ambassador and military attaché, and diplomats from other countries.
Djibouti’s air force commander made a speech praising how China’s multi-functional MA60, previously exported to Djibouti, has greatly enhanced their aviation transportation ability.The top-quality, multi-functional Y-12 will be a helpful complement to the MA60, and further contribute to developing Djibouti’s air force. After the speech, Djibouti’s president cut the ribbon himself and officially received the Y-12 aircraft.
For both China and Djibouti, the exported aircraft is not only a symbol of sincerity for pragmatic cooperation in aviation industry but also presents a deeper friendship between the two countries.
From June 2 to June 5, 2016, the Fourth International Kazakhstan International Weapons and Military Equipment Exhibition (KADEX 2016) was held at an air force base located in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. The high level exhibition, which began in 2010, is held every two years, and is the most influential exhibition in Central Asia. This was CATIC’s first time present among the over 40 organizations and 350 military enterprises from across the world at the exhibition.
The exhibits included models such as the L15 advanced trainer, K8 basic trainer, Wing Loong UAV, TD220 unmanned helicopter, Z19E helicopter, and JF17/FC-1. A genuine Wing Loong I UAV was exhibited in cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defense.