Chengdu Aircraft to Build Drone Industrial Park in Sichuan | New


The Avic Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group will lead efforts to build an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industrial park in Sichuan Province, with the aim of becoming a “world-class UAV manufacturing” cluster.

The new industrial park – with an investment of around CNY 10 billion ($ 1.56 billion) – will be built in Zigong, a city in central Sichuan, and will be dedicated to civilian and military drones, says provincial government from Sichuan.

The first drone will roll off the assembly line by June, with its first test flight completed by September, the statement added. Once the project is completed, it aims for a production rate of over 100 drones per year.

The agreement, signed on April 26 by Chengdu Aircraft and the Zigong Municipal People’s Government, covers the entire drone supply chain, from component development and manufacturing to assembly and testing.

In the first phase of the project, both parties will focus on final assembly and flight test capabilities. This will involve the construction of a temporary take-off and landing site, which Avic says will be 2,500 m (8,200 feet) long and 40 m wide.

The second phase of the project will see the completion of a “full scale” production line, as well as functions such as parts processing and additive manufacturing.

In the third and final stage, a permanent 3600 m long track will be completed with support functions, and the capacity of the production line will be increased. The two sides also hope to attract other aircraft manufacturing companies to establish their presence in the industrial park.

The government hopes to make the park fully operational by 2023 and has targeted an estimated annual production of around CNY 10 billion.

The Sichuan provincial government, in providing support for the project, said the industrial park is essential for boosting the country’s UAV capabilities, as well as improving the economic development of the province.

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