HELICOPTER DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA AND INDIA

Publication: China Brief Volume: 2 Issue: 20

By Luke Colton

AIR SHOW PROVIDES VENUE FOR EXHIBITION

Both China and India have long held ambitions to establish local helicopter manufacturing bases for reasons of industrial strategy, national security and international prestige. Rotorcraft development was addressed in September at an Indian defense conference. From November 4 through 10 China will host its 4th International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai–the government’s preferred venue to showcase many of its recent aeronautical achievements. China Aviation Industry (Group) Corporation II [AVIC II], a co-sponsor of the biennial event, is likely to display some of its rotary-wing aircraft products as well. Considering the increasing importance of this exhibition, it is therefore useful to review their latest programs:

— AVIC II’s 5/6-ton helicopter series in China and