Aviation Industry Corporation of China

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace and defence conglomerate. It is ranked 159th in the Fortune Global 500 lists,[2] and has over 100 subsidiaries, 27 listed companies and 500,000 employees across the globe.[4][5]

Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Native name
Chinese: 中国航空工业集团公司
State owned company
IndustryAerospace, Defence, Electronics
PredecessorChina Aviation Industry Corporation I
China Aviation Industry Corporation II
Founded1993; 27 years ago (1993)
Area served
Key people
Tan Ruisong (Chairman and CEO)[1]
ProductsCivil and military aircraft
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Automobile parts
RevenueIncrease CN¥ 392 billion / US $62.3 billion[2] (2014)
Increase CN¥ 370.6 billion (2016)
Increase CN¥ 16.73 billion (2016)
Total assetsCN¥ 854.6 billion (2016)
Number of employees
535,942[2][3] (2015)
Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Simplified Chinese中国航空工业集团公司
Traditional Chinese中國航空工業集團公司


Since being established on 1 April 1951 during the Korean War as the Aviation Industry Administration Commission, the aviation industry of the People's Republic of China has been through 12 systemic reforms.

AVIC purchased American aircraft engine manufacturer Continental Motors, Inc. in 2010, American aircraft manufacturer Cirrus in 2011, and American specialized parts supplier Align Aerospace in 2015.[6]

Period Organization name
Apr 1951 - Aug 1952 Aviation Industry Bureau, Ministry of Heavy Industry
Aug 1952 - Feb 1958 4th Bureau, No.2 Mechanical Industry Department
Feb 1958 -Sept 1960 4th Bureau, No.1 Mechanical Industry Department
Sept 1960 - Sept 1963 4th Bureau, No.3 Mechanical Industry Department
Sept 1963 - Apr 1982 No.3 Mechanical Industry Department
Apr 1982 - Apr 1988 Ministry of Aviation Industry
Apr 1988 - Jun 1993 Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Industry
Jun 1993 - Jun 1999 China Aviation Industry Corporation (Chinese: 中国航空工业总公司)
Jul 1999 - May 2008 China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I), China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II)
May 2008 - Nov 2008 China Aviation Industry Corporation I, China Aviation Industry Corporation II,
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac)
Nov 2008–Present Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China[Note 1]


China Aviation Industry Corporation was a Chinese consortium of aircraft manufacturers. On July 1, 1999, this consortium was split into China Aviation Industry Corporation I and China Aviation Industry Corporation II.


On 28 October 2008, AVIC I and AVIC II officially merged because the previous separation resulted in split resources and led to redundant projects. The major focus of AVIC is to efficiently develop indigenous military technologies, and to eventually compete with Airbus and Boeing in the civilian airline industry.

During the Airshow China 2008, AVIC appeared to the public for the first time.

Business segmentsEdit

  • Air transport manufacturing
  • General aviation
  • Helicopters
  • Aircraft systems
  • Automobiles
  • Ships[7]

In 2015, AVIC teamed up with its partner, BHR Partners, in acquiring U.S. automotive supplier Henniges, through a joint venture structure.[8][9] Henniges called the deal "one of the largest acquisitions by a Chinese company of a U.S.-based automotive manufacturing company in history."[10]


Fighter aircraftEdit

Fighter bomber aircraftEdit

Trainer aircraftEdit

Transport aircraftEdit

Bomber aircraftEdit

AEW&C aircraftEdit


Unmanned aerial vehicleEdit

Regional Airliner

Maritime Patrol Aircraft / Patrol Aircraft / Reconnaissance Aircraft

Alleged espionageEdit

In April 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that computer spies, allegedly Chinese, had penetrated the database of the Joint Strike Fighter program and acquired terabytes of secret information about the fighter, possibly compromising its future effectiveness.[11] The AVIC later incorporated the stolen know-how into China’s Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang FC-31 fighters.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ AVIC is one of the shareholders in Comac (26.32% in 2009). However, AVIC and COMAC operate independently, and both companies are supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.


  1. ^ Aviation Industry Corporation of China. "Leadership - AVIC".
  2. ^ a b c "159: Aviation Industry Corporation of China". Fortune Global 500.
  3. ^ "Overview". AVIC.
  4. ^ "AVIC overview".
  5. ^ "China's NORINCO, AVIC Among Top 10 Defense Companies Worldwide; SIPRI". www.defenseworld.net.
  6. ^ "AVIC International buys PE-backed Align" (Press release). PE Hub Network. March 31, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "AVIC Ship Shareholder Structure".
  8. ^ "BHR and AVIC Auto Acquire Henniges Automotive". PR Newswire. September 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Henniges is acquired by China's AVIC Auto". November 2015. doi:10.1016/S1350-4789(15)30341-X.
  10. ^ "Henniges Automotive acquired by China's AVIC Automotive". Automotive News. September 11, 2015.
  11. ^ Gorman S, Cole A, Dreazen Y (April 21, 2009). "Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project Article". The Wall Street Journal.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Stolen F-35 secrets now showing up in China's stealth fighter". Fox News. 20 December 2015.
  13. ^ "New Snowden Documents Reveal Chinese Behind F-35 Hack". The Diplomat. 27 January 2015.
  14. ^ "America says China's fifth-generation jet fighter J-31 stolen from its F-35". The Economic Times. 13 November 2015.

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