NANCHANG AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Company (NAMC), which became a core unit of the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG) in 1998, was created in 1951; it built 379 CJ-5s (licence Soviet Yak-18s) between 1954 and 1958, and in 1960s shared in large production programme for J-6 fighter (Chinese development of MiG-19); also built (1957-68) 727 Y-5 (Chinese An-2) biplanes. Current programme is JL-8/K-8 jet trainer. Agreements with and via Canadian Aerospace Group in 1998 provided for North American assembly and marketing of NAMC N-5A agricultural aircraft in return for option to build CAG Windeagle and Monitor Jet in China: however, project subsequently foundered. Also built prototype of NLA AC-500 Aircar.
The company occupies a 500 ha (1,235 acre) site, with 10,000 m² (107,600 sq ft) of covered space, and has a workforce of about 20,000; it delivered its 4,000th aircraft in 1993. About 80 per cent of its activities are non-aerospace.