AEROSPACE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Established 1 March 1969; became subsidary of Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) under Ministry of National Defense on 1 January 1983 and known as Aero Industry Development Center until June 1996. New 35,700 m2 (384,270 sq ft) assembly facility opened in 1989. Current facilities at Taichung, Kangshan and Sha Lu; total site area 109.3 ha (270 acres); workforce was 4,400 in mid-2001.
From 1 July 1996 was officially transferred under Ministry of Economic Affairs with title as above; comleted production of IDF Ching-Kuo fighter in January 2000, but studies for new fighters and trainers continue. AIDC is a participant (with 5 per cent share) in the Sikorsky S-92 Helibus, responsible for the cockpit structure, and (from 1999) is sole-source supplier of crew and passenger doors for the S-76. Other subcontract work includes wing design of the Ibis Aerospace Ae 270; Boeing 717-200 (tail unit; first example delivered mid-December 1997); Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000 (rudders); Eurocopter/CATIC/ST Aero EC 120 Colibri (rear fuselage components); Alenia C-27J Spartan (tail unit); Learjet 45 (tail unit); and Bombardier Challenger 300 (rear fuselage and tail unit). Assembled 13 Bell OH-58Ds for Republic of China Army (first one delivered 16 November 1999; last in third quarter 2001). It also participates in such programmes as the Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft, and the Honeywell TFE1042 and Rolls-Royce 572K gas-turbine engines. However, despite this range of work, AIDC revenue had reportedly shrunk from about US$750 million in 1999 to less than US$300 million in 2001, and additional subcontract work was sought in 2002. Bell offered AIDC a share in manufacture (tailbooms, elevators and engine cowlings) of AH-1Z and UH-1Y in September 2003.
As a government-owned commercial entity, AIDC is dedicated to research and development for Taiwan's aerospace industry (military and commercial aircraft). Full privatisation, originally planned for fourth quarter of 1999, has been repeatedly postponed following a mid-2000 company restructuring based on three core activities: defencesystems and technologies, aerostructures and engines. In 2002, Taiwan government set a 'must keep' deadline of December 2003, but by then had again deferred a decision by a further year or more.