(AVIC showcases a full spectrum of military aircraft at Airshow China 2016)
AVIC has a model of the FC-31 on display at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, which opened on Monday at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. This has been the first time the State-owned aircraft giant brought its latest stealth fighter jet to a Western air show and the second time for the FC-31 to be shown at a foreign exhibition. The first was at the 14th Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates in November 2015.
The FC-31 is not yet in production, but these appearances are intended to generate interest that could lead to sales.
The air show, which is believed to be the largest and most influential of its kind in the world, is also a good occasion for the Chinese stealth fighter jet to compete with its counterparts.
The FC-31 was unveiled in October 2012 as a twin-engine, radar-evading fighter jet. At that time, the first prototype had made its maiden flight, becoming the country's second fifth-generation fighter jet following the J-20, which made its first flight in January 2011. The People's Liberation Army Air Force has begun to receive deliveries of the J-20.