A total of 770 exhibitors, 43 countries and regions and more than 100 different models of aerospace ships will be displayed today at the 12th China International Aerospace and Aerospace Exhibition, located in the southern city of Zhuhai.
The event, which will last until next Sunday, is the only event of its kind hosted by the Chinese mainland, and is expected to receive around 370,000 attendees this year, including professionals and the general public.
Also, this will be the exhibition with the largest area to date, a total of 100,000 square meters, compared to the 82,000 that were laid two years ago.
The event will serve as the presentation of CH-7, China's most advanced and stealth unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to date.
It also highlights the presence of the stealth fighter J-20, which was already presented in 2016, as well as the AG600, one of the largest amphibious aircraft in the world.
These last two are being developed by the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (AVIC), one of the largest state conglomerates in the country.
In addition to aircraft, other military devices, such as missiles, tanks, armored vehicles and radar detectors will also have their space at the event, which will make it possible to use virtual reality to show the capabilities of these products.
For its part, the Shanghai Academy of Aerospace Technology will take the opportunity to present the Gaofen-5 (GF-5), the first satellite developed by China to control air pollution.
According to the organizers of the last edition, in 2016 the exhibition closed with a total of 402 commercial transactions, valued at more than 40,000 million dollars.
The fair, held every two years since 1996, has not stopped growing with the passage of time, going from gathering between 400 and 500 exhibitors in its first two editions until 770 this year.
However, the volume of general public has descended since then, with 225,000 viewers on average between 2006 and 2016, well below the 700,000 in 1996 and the 800,000 in 1998, according to the organization.