CHENGDU AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY GROUP
Chengdu Feiji Gongye Gongsi (Subsidiary of AVIC I)
Major centre for fighter development and production, founded 1958; has since built over 2,000 fighters of more than 10 models or variants; current facility occupies site area of 462 ha (1,142 acres) and had 1995 workforce (latest figure known) of nearly 20,000. Production continues mainly to concern J-7/F-7 fighter series (several models), but new J-10 and FC-1 fighters are currently under development and/or early production. Chengdu also thought to be in concept stage of an advanced combat aircraft, possibly to the same outline requirement as the SAC (Shenyang) 'XXJ'. In addition, CAC was named in 2001 as a risk-sharing partner in the ACAC ARJ21 regional jet programme.
Subcoutract work includes passenger doors for the Airbus A320; wing components for Boeing 737/747: production of fuselage components for the Dassault Falcon 2000EX was due to begin in 2003 under an agreement signed in early 2002. Non-aerospace products, which previously accounted for about 10 per cent of current output, were targeted to have reached 40 per cent by 2000; it is not known whether this was achieved.