China eyes home-grown aircraft engine, larger commercial planes with big equipment upgrades by 2027

April 12, 2024
Analyst says Beijing is feeling the urgency to develop its own commercial jet engines, Ralph Jennings and Mia Nulimaimaiti report for South China Morning Post.

BEIJING - China expects to make progress on an advanced aeroplane engine, a bigger commercial jet, and an amphibious search-and-rescue aircraft under a government plan to upgrade production equipment across industries through 2027 and improve the economy, Ralph Jennings and Mia Nulimaimaiti report for South China Morning PostContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 April 2024 -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 Western companies. CFM International provides the powerplant with its LEAP turbofan - the same engine that gets the A320neo and 737 MAX families into the sky.

GE and China's Aviation Industry Systems (AVIC) developed avionics, and Honeywell was awarded a contract to supply auxiliary power units alongside other technologies. Parker Aerospace and AVIC were contracted to provide the aircraft's fly-by-wire flight control actuation, fuel inserting, and hydraulic systems for the aircraft. Finally, Liebherr-Aerospace was awarded a contract to supply the landing gear and air management system.

Politics and economic interests, Jennings and Nulimaimaiti write for SCMP, drive China's push to develop more aviation technology in-house and lower reliance on Western components and engines.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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