Chinese Defense Information Equipment & Technology Exhibition 2016 Kicks Off
(Source: China Military Online; issued June 16, 2016)
A Chinese TD220 unmanned aerial vehicle is showcased at the CNTE 2016 defense exhibition in Beijing. (photo by
BEIJING --- The Chinese Defense Information Equipment & Technology Exhibition 2016 (CNTE 2016) kicked off at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing at 09:00 on June 15, 2016. This year's CNTE is jointly hosted by the China National Working Committee of Private Military-Product-Making Enterprises and the China National Defense Science, Technology and Industry Association.

It is learnt that the three-day exhibition aims to promote military-civilian integration and push forward private enterprises to produce military products. A total of over 600 enterprises are participating in the exhibition as exhibitors.

Among the exhibits, most of which are information-based equipment, nearly 1,100 exhibits belong to high-tech achievements in 16 professional fields including new energy, new material, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), power transmission, aeronautics and astronautics, warship and vehicle, satellite navigation, simulation equipment, electronic communication and anti-terrorism equipment, covering main fields of military weapons and equipment in private enterprises’ scientific research and production.

The exhibits at the CNTE2016 almost cover all the military aspects including those for troops’ wartime operations and those for their peacetime training and daily routine management.

They range from such individual equipment as holsters, tactical gloves, multifunctional helmets, optical sighting telescopes and night vision instruments to training support equipment including those for barrack intelligent management, optical fiber sensing, simulated training, and information and network security, and even battlefield weapons and equipment including UAV, Beidou Navigation System, special vehicles and multifunctional cabins, showcasing private enterprises’ strong competitiveness in the military product market.

It can be found that most employees from the expo-participating private enterprises, who are either management personnel, research and development staff, or sales persons, are veterans, which is probably one of the reasons that many of the products at the CNTE2016 can closely meet military’s actual requirements.

For example, Zhang Yongliang, manager of a firm named Toyani in Shenzhen of south China’s Guangdong Province, is a veteran who once served in the military from 1982 to 2002, and Dong Xiaohua, a sales person of a company named Amulet Electronic in Chengdu of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, was just demobilized as a junior officer from the Air Force Armaments Department under the PLA Northern Theater Command.

“Our company has employed more than 20 veterans,” said Huang Xiaobo, marketing director of the Amulet Electronic, who is also a veteran. “Understanding the military’s requirements very well, they have been participating in various aspects in the research, development, production and sales of more targeted products for the military,” he added.

As China has upgraded the military-civilian integration development to its national strategy, more and more private enterprises have accelerated their paces to enter the national defense and military industry markets.

The CNTE 2016 fully showcases Chinese superior private enterprises’ comprehensive participation in many military fields including weapons and equipment’s scientific research, production, maintenance and repair, and support, and their increasingly participating degree in these fields. Private enterprises have become an important force to push forward Chinese military industry’s upgrading.


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