Hongdu L-15 Falcon (猎鹰)
photo by Czip
2011-01-29 (China Military News cited from Global Times)
A possible deal to export helicopters to a US military aircraft purchase program is a sign of China's growing ability to produce aircraft according to international standards, experts said. The UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported Monday that the State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is preparing proposals, in collaboration with existing partner US Aero-space (USAE), to bid for the US Navy's VXX helicopter program and the US Air Force T-X project to procure advanced jet trainers (AJT). The VXX program is worth about $6 billion, the report said. The partnership is planning to bid AVIC's 13-tonne AC-313 medium-lift transport helicopter, which is principally designed for civilian use. In the T-X program, the bid would focus on AVIC's twin-engine L-15 Falcon AJT, the report said. USAE and AVIC are planning to market the Chinese-produced C919 jet airliner in the US as a business jet and a regional aircraft, the magazine reported. AVIC has refused to comment on the report.
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