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AVIC lobbies hard for jet engine funding

(Shanghai Daily)

08:09, October 31, 2012

A replica of a Chinese Jian-10 fighter jet is seen outside the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) headquarters building in Beijing yesterday. The central government is evaluating a 100 billion yuan (US$16.02 billion) plan to galvanize a disjointed and underfunded engine research effort, aviation industry officials say.(Shanghai Daily Photo)

CHINA has designed nuclear missiles and blasted astronauts into space, but one vital technology remains out of reach. Despite decades of research and development, China has so far failed to build a high performance jet engine.

This may be about to change. China's aviation sector is striving for a breakthrough that would end its dependence on Russian and Western power plants for military and commercial aircraft.

China is evaluating a 100 billion yuan (US$16.02 billion) plan to galvanize a disjointed and under-funded engine research effort, aviation industry officials say. State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, China's dominant military and commercial aviation contractor, has been lobbying hard for the extra money, officials familiar with the details say.

AVIC has already set aside about 10 billion yuan of its own funds for jet engine development over three years.

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