Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation
|Founded||1 March 1969 (Aero Industry Development Center)|
|Kai-Hung Hu (Chairman)|
Wan-June Ma (President)
|Products||Aerospace components, avionics, fighter aircraft|
|Revenue||28.2 billion NTD (2018)|
|Subsidiaries||International Turbine Engine Company|
Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC; Chinese: 漢翔航空工業股份有限公司; pinyin: Hànxiáng Hángkōng Gōngyè Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī) is an aerospace company of Taiwan (Republic of China) based in Taichung, Taiwan. It is one of only two Taiwanese companies with the capabilities of a traditional American or European defense prime.
In 1983, AIDC was transferred to the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology under the Armaments Bureau. In 1996, AIDC was reorganized into a government-owned company. In 1998 AIDC entered into an agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft to service the S-70 helicopter.
In 2000, AIDC was divided into four units: the Aerostructures Division, the Engine Division, the Technology Division, and the Administration Division. In the early 2000s AIDC was contracted by Bell to produce the tailbooms for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y.
In 2016 AIDC launched a project with international partner Lockheed Martin to develop an upgraded version of the F-16 called the F-16V. AIDC will share revenue from all future international sales and upgrades. Upgrades to 142 of Taiwan’s F-16A/B fighters to the F-16V standard began in 2016. The first four aircraft upgrades had been completed by December 2017 and American test pilots had arrived to begin their testing and certification. The first domestically upgraded fighter was delivered on October 20, 2018. The project is to be completed by 2023. In October 2019 it was announced that the program had been delayed by a manpower shortage at AIDC and a delay with the US based software testing program, AIDC hired 200 additional employees in Taichung to bring production back to schedule.
In 2019 AIDC entered into 10 year agreement to supply engine parts to Industria de Turbo Propulsores of Spain, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc. In October 2019 Boeing cut orders to AIDC which were associated with the troubled 737 MAX program as monthly production figures were decreased. In 2019 AIDC was reported to have 2,137 employees involved in confidential projects.
Facilities and equipment
In 2016 AIDC completed a NTD 1.5b composite materials manufacturing plant in Taichung. The facility, called the Taiwan Advanced Composite Center, has 5,500 square meters of floorspace and primarily produces components for the Airbus A320.
AIDC’s headquarters occupies a large suburban campus in the Northwest of Taichung next to Overseas Chinese University. The campus features historical aircraft, a restaurant, and a swimming pool for the more than 3,000 onsite employees.
- AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Indigenous Defence Fighter - began as XF-6 indigenous fighter project
- AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle (supersonic advanced jet trainer)
- AIDC AT-3 (advanced jet trainer)
- variant XA-3 Lei Ming (single seat attack aircraft prototype)
- AIDC T-CH-1 (Basic Trainer derived from North American T-28 Trojan)
- AIDC PL-1B (Primary Trainer and licensed version of Pazmany PL-1, a two-seat trainer from Pazmany Aircraft Corporation)
- AIDC XC-2 (Civil transport, prototype only)
- UH-1H (utility helicopter and licensed version from Bell Helicopter)
- F-5E/F Peace Tiger (light fighter based on Northrop F-5)
- Doors for all Boeing 737 aircraft since 2003
- Cockpit for Sikorsky S-92
- Rear Fuselage, Engine Pylon and the Vertical and Horizontal Stabilizer for Challenger 300/350
- Composite belly panels for the A320 and A321
- Both designed and produces five composite components for the Mitsubishi MRJ
- Honeywell/ITEC F124 produced in partnership with Honeywell.
- List of companies of Taiwan
- Israel Aerospace Industries
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
- Indonesian Aerospace
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