Aero Engine Corporation of China


The Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) is designated very high risk as China’s leading developer of military aircraft engines.

AECC is a leading producer of aircraft parts for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), having separated from its parent company the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in 2016. The company reports having 27 affiliated or subordinate companies, three major listed companies, and 84,000 staff. AVIC and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (also known as COMAC) are major shareholders in AECC.

AECC’s main products include aircraft engines, combustion gas turbines, and transmission systems. AECC also develops aircraft power units, helicopter drive systems, monocrystalline blades, turbine disks, and graphene.

AECC was established in order to improve China’s capability in developing domestically built aircraft engines as part of the ‘Made in China 2025’ program. A priority is strengthening its supply chains within China. Though indigenously developed engines have proven challenging for AECC, the company had purported success in providing thrust vector control technology for the J-10B fighter jet.

Noteworthy international collaborations

AECC is active in collaborating with foreign entities. The University of Manchester has established two research centres with one of AECC’s subsidiaries, the Beijing Institute for Aeronautical Materials (BIAM). The first is the BIAM-University of Manchester Technology Centre which focuses on ‘the development processing, testing and characterisation of advanced materials for aero engine applications.’ The second is the BIAM-University of Manchester Graphene Aerospace Materials Centre which develops graphene for aerospace applications. Senior members of the Chinese consulate in Manchester were reported attending the launch ceremony for the two research centres.

Last updated 18 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.