Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Commercialization" of the FC-1 Fighter.

As reported by today's People's Daily, the FC-1 Xiaolong fighter program is moving forward to future expansion at home and abroad. At the same time, the FC-1/J-10 lost to the Russian Mig-29 for the Myanmar (Burma) fighter deal.

The irony is that with 20 20-million euro Migs to Burma and 10 free Migs to Lebanon the Russians are undercutting the Chinese. How the world has changed! Just like "The China Price" elsewhere (here), it is the consumer that benefits, just don't tell the Burmese Wa rebels.

FC-1 Xiaolong fighter passes design appraisal
14:43, December 23, 2009

The FC-1 Xiaolong fighter recently passed design appraisals and reviews, indicating the Xiaolong fighter has made significant progress in the process of commercialization, setting a broader stage for its future expansion at home and abroad.

The Xiaolong fighter, developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), is a multi-purpose light fighter aircraft jointly invested by China and Pakistan. The Xiaolong fighter had its first successful flight in 2003.

AVIC officially started the research, development and trial flights for a small batch of eight aircraft according to Pakistan's demand as early as 2004 and delivered the aircraft from 2007 through 2008 as scheduled. The aircraft has had sound performance during its trial flights in Pakistan.

By People's Daily Online

Myanmar to buy 20 MiG-29 fighters for $570 mln - paper
Myanmar to buy 20 Russian MiG-29 fighters for $570 mln
Wed 23 December 2009 | 10:02 GMT Text size:

MiG-29 A 400 million-euro ($570 mln) contract has been signed for the
delivery of Russian MiG-29 fighters for the Myanmar Air Force.

A 400 million-euro ($570 mln) contract has been signed for the delivery of
Russian MiG-29 fighters for the Myanmar Air Force, a source close to
Russia's arms export monopoly told a business daily on Wednesday.

Vedomosti quoted the source at Rosoboronexport as saying the Russian bid to
supply MiG-29 Fulcrum-D carrier-based fighter jets beat China's offer to
sell its latest J-10 and FC-1 fighters.

Myanmar was rearmed with Chinese military aircraft worth some $2 billion in
the 1990s, the paper said.

The country bought 12 MiG-29 fighters in 2001, but this contract is the
largest since the 2007 unfulfilled contract to supply Algeria with 34 MiG-29

In 2008, a contract for the supply of six MiG fighters was signed with Sri

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced last year that Russia
would give Lebanon 10 MiG-29 fighter jets for free, Vedomosti said.

Ria Novosti

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