The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Latest China military hardware displayed at airshow


ZHUHAI (AFP) - China on Tuesday showed off a new military drone and a model of a next-generation fighter plane as it builds up its own defence capabilities and seeks customers for its hardware.

Industry giant China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) displayed its "Yi Long" drone, called Wing Loong in English, at the opening of China's premier airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai, state media said.

The show comes as China's Communist Party holds a meeting to select the country's new leaders - including for the party's Central Military Commission, which controls the armed forces.

The new leaders are expected to be announced on Thursday.