How China built a domestic airliner with potentially stolen American expertise

April 19, 2023
A Chinese spy was arrested by the FBI while attempting to steal information from a GE engineer and found guilty of espionage, Ryan Erik King reports for Jalopnik.

BEIJING - The People’s Republic of China seemingly set its sights on breaking Airbus and Boeing’s duopoly over the commercial aviation market. According to CNBC, Airbus and Boeing combined control 99 percent of the market for large commercial planes. The Comac C919, China’s first large airliner, was delivered to its first customer last December. However, China might have used illicit means to design its first large single-aisle airliner, Ryan Erik King reports for JalopnikContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

19 April 2023 - While the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) 919 aims to compete with aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing, the Chinese-made aircraft - which can seat 158 to 168 passengers - is powered by technology from familiar western faces. CFM International provides the powerplant with its LEAP turbofan - the same engine that gets the A320neo and 737 MAX families into the sky.

According to CBS News, U.S.-based aerospace companies provided around 60% of the C919's components, but it is alleged that the Chinese government may have exceeded the scope of the collaboration agreements. Crowdstrike says in a 2019 report that, "“A major focus of this strategy centered on building an indigenous Chinese-built commercial aircraft designed to compete with the duopoly of western aerospace. That aircraft would become the C919 — an aircraft roughly half the cost of its competitors, and which completed its first maiden flight in 2017 after years of delays due to design flaws.”

Related: China certifies C919 jet to compete with Airbus and Boeing

Related: Crane to supply power modules for fly-by-wire system on COMAC C919 family of narrow-body aircraft

Related: Nexcelle provides first components for CFM International LEAP-1C engine on COMAC C919 jetliner

Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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