China’s Shenyang Aircraft Company (SAC)has offered to set up assembly lines abroad to find export markets for its FC-31 stealth fighter.
In order to gear up export of its stealth jet, China has established an office dedicated to promoting the country’s FC-31 stealth fighter, according to Zhan Qiang, Deputy General Manager of SAC, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
The move to export the FC-31 is aimed squarely at the F-35 by offering a cut-price stealth fighter jet.
“Zhan transformed the company’s traditional planning-oriented marketing mindset and actively explored the arms market for high-end aviation products. Zhan made good use of air shows to showcase the FC-31’s technical advantages,” the report said.
Compared to the United States’ F-35 China’s FC-31 has its own advantages including advanced technology, acceptable pricing, the lack of political restrictions and complete service, the report said.
Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times on Thursday that F-35 mainly targets US allies and partners, and while many countries want to procure it, they lack enough budget or face a wide range of export restrictions set by the US.