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.
The 8th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, or Airshow China, opened in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai with a record 600 exhibitors in attendance. Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang announced the opening of the exhibition on November 16th, 2010.
China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition is the premier Chinese aviation industry event approved by the State Council. Taking place biennially in Zhuhai and featuring flying displays, it has been successfully held for seven sessions since 1996. Airshow China 2010 has exceeded its exhibition size, with a total of 23,000m2 of indoor space, and 71 aircraft in static or flying displays, including the Airbus A380, Boeing BBJ, newly equipped J10 Fighters, the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, and the Sherdils Aerobatic Team of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). In addition to Boeing and Airbus, other world famous exhibitors such as Honeywell and Rolls-Royce also participated in the show. Forty-eight meetings and news conferences were held during the show. More than 3,000 journalists from 220 media outlets provided on-site, live reports of the show.
The PLA Air Force August 1st Aerobatic Team and the Red Eagles Aerobatic Team from the US shared the flying display with the PAF Sherdils formation aerobatic team. The thrilling aerobatic maneuvers by the PAF Sherdils’ nine K-8 trainers marked the first time that they performed in an international event of this stature, and was one of the major attractions that entertained crowds at the show. Following the international debut at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow in July when two aircraft attended the static display, the PAF sent an additional JF-17 Thunder Fighter to Zhuhai to take part in the flying display. The JF-17/FC-1 Xiaolong is a new generation of multi-role light fighters co-developed by the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Cooperation (CATIC) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), equipped with state-of-the-art integrated avionics and various weapon systems. Characterized by an outstanding performance-to-cost rate, the JF-17/FC-1 provides customers with great operational benefit and meets the requirements of modern air combat. In the static display area, one JF-17 armed with a range of weaponry and equipment pods attracted professionals, manufacturers, governments, and enthusiasts from the world over. The larger missiles mounted inboard were medium range SD-10s, and the four smaller ones were short range PL-5Es.
CATIC Vice President Zeng Wen told Aviation Week that despite the low price of the aircraft, it is not a low-tech piece of equipment, but rather “a 21st century product. Among the most impressive features of the JF-17 are diverterless air inlets that negate the need for the intakes to be designed with a boundary layer diverter. This is an achievement in aerodynamics that only the most advanced aircraft designs in the world are configured with, and those others are very high-priced designs like the F-22 or F-35. Another element is that the avionics package of the JF-17 is very advanced – it is equivalent to most of the top-level aircraft in the world. There is also a full glass cockpit." The Sino-Pak joint stall has received numerous enquiries regarding the JF-17. During the exhibition, several high-ranking military delegations visited the AVIC-CATIC Chalet and showed great interest in purchasing the JF-17.