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China delivers 120th local-manufactured training aircraft to Egypt

English.news.cn   2010-05-27 07:38:37 FeedbackPrintRSS

CAIRO, May 26 (Xinhua) -- China delivered on Wednesday a local- manufactured K-8E advanced training aircraft to Egyptian Air Force (EAF) in a ceremony celebrating the Sino-Egyptian co-production program.

It is the 120th and the last aircraft that the Egyptian side receives from the Chinese Aviation Technology Import-Export Cooperation (CATIC) within the co-production program.

The CATIC and Egyptian Defense Ministry reached agreement on the program in 1999, in which the two sides agreed on to produce 80 aircraft of K-8E as first stage and another 40 as second.

It was decided that K-8E aircraft would be manufactured at the Aircraft Factory of Egypt to reach a local manufacturing rate over 94 percent, and an aviation research center would be established within the scope of the K-8E aircraft program, so as to establish the Egyptian aviation industry.

"This program began with the Egyptian Air Force's choosing of the K-8E aircraft to be their main training aircraft in replacement of the Czech L-29 Trainer," said Marshal Hamdy Waheba, head of Arab Organization for Industries during the celebration of the delivery.

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