PLA ‘never seen before equipment’ to appear at Airshow China 2022: senior colonel

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(world time) 08:54, September 28, 2022

China’s Bayi aerobatic team performs at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition on Nov. 6, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

The 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Show, or Airshow China 2022, will kick off on Nov. 8 in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, with various active-duty aircraft from the Army of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), represented by the 20 series, make their debut at the show.

This year’s show saw a larger-than-expected number of exhibitors – more than 740 companies from 43 countries and regions – with state-of-the-art exhibits covering land, sea, air, aerospace, electronics and cyber applications, according to information released at a press conference on Tuesday.

About 100 types of aircraft will be exhibited at the air show, and countries like the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia will participate in the event. Boeing, Airbus and GE will be present, Huang Zhihao, the mayor of Zhuhai, confirmed at the press conference.

The show will feature more aerobatic flight demonstrations and static ground demonstrations, as well as high-level lectures and seminars, in addition to more customer-friendly on-site services, according to the press conference.

The PLA Air Force has expanded its static display space by more than 10%. There will also be PLA Air Force active duty aircraft, represented by the 20 series, and helicopters in active duty with the PLA military will appear.

When asked if a new member of the 20 series will debut at this year’s show, PLA Air Force spokesperson Senior Colonel Shen Jinke said at Tuesday’s press conference that, this year, the PLA Air Force would display its new achievements, including long-range strategic delivery capability, airstrikes, and unmanned combat.

“This year’s audience will see flying displays and equipment they’ve never seen before,” Shen said.

More and more J-20 fighter jets were deployed by the PLA and they extended their range. During the drills in the Taiwan Strait, the featured J-20, J-16, H-6K and YU-20 aircraft enhanced their ability to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Shen noted.

(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)

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