On September 14, the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo opened at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa, attracting 440 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions. As one of the China Defence units organized by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, CATIC presented models L-15, FC-1/JF-17, FTC-2000, Z-9W, Z-19, Wingloong I, and the TD-220ME at the expo. The L-15 advanced trainer, an AVIC export to Zambia, came to South Africa from Zambia to give its first flight demonstration on the African continent. The excellent performance was cheered by visitors and was hailed as a highlight of the air show.
On September 15, CATIC held an L-15 marketing activity entitled “Go Beyond” in its chalet at the air show. Senior military delegations from 10 countries developed an understanding of both the L-15 and CATIC.
On the same day, CATIC and the Pakistani Air Force jointly held an FC-1/JF-17 press conference. The two parties presented the fighter’s latest developments, operations, and market promotions to the media and potential African customers.
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.