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Airshow China: PLA Air Force unveils military hardware
This year’s Airshow China, hosted in Zhuhai, showcased 100 aircraft and welcomed visitors from nearly 40 countries and regions.
A J-20 stealth fighter jet zips across the sky, climbing high, dipping low, only to join five other jets in a choreographed aerial routine. This acrobatics performance marked the opening of the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (also known as Airshow China 2021) on 28 September.
The six-day event in Zhuhai, just across the water from Macao, drew around 700 companies from nearly 40 countries and regions, both online and in person. During the show, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force unveiled more than 100 aircraft across 460,000 square metres of exhibition space, dazzling attendees with demonstrations of China’s warfare capabilities and homegrown innovation.
The new aircraft ran the gamut from J-20 stealth fighter jets to a large Y-20 transport aircraft, a new J-16 electronic warfare aircraft, a large AG600 amphibious aircraft, an H-6K bomber, and a WZ-7 high-altitude reconnaissance drone powered by a domestically produced turbojet engine.