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China seeking to develop next-generation large aircraft engines - report

9-Mar-2007

Beijing (XFN-ASIA) - China is looking to develop a new generation

of aircraft engines to reduce its reliance on foreign engine makers, state media

reported.

Citing Liu Daxiang, the deputy chief of Science and Technology for China Aviation Corp I (AVIC I), the China Daily said the Chinese aviation industry cannot rely on imports to satisfy its "huge future needs".

"As a country with a huge demand for large-sized planes, it is absolutely unimaginable to rely on imports of aero-engines for long," the newspaper quoted Liu, who is also a member of the standing committee of China's parliament, as saying.

China's new generation engines must be more powerful than those in use in current-generation Airbus or Boeing aircraft, Liu said.

According to AVIC I's latest market outlook, China will need 2,230 large aircraft by 2025.

The newspaper said Liu will urge the government to increase investment in the development of new aircraft engines.


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