Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation

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Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation
Founded1 March 1969 (Aero Industry Development Center)
Key people
Kai-Hung Hu (Chairman)
Wan-June Ma (President)
ProductsAerospace components, avionics, fighter aircraft
ServicesAircraft maintenance
Revenue28.2 billion NTD (2018)[1]
SubsidiariesInternational Turbine Engine Company
AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo
AT-3s of the Thunder Tigers demonstration team

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.[2]


Government ownership[edit]

AIDC was established on 1 March 1969 as the Aero Industry Development Center of the Air Force.[3] From 1969 to 1976 AIDC co-produced 118 UH-1H's for the Taiwanese Army with Bell Helicopters.[4]

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.[4] In 1998 AIDC entered into an agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft to service the S-70 helicopter.[5]

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.[4]

Public ownership[edit]

T-5 prototype at rollout

AIDC was privatized through a public stock offering on August 25th, 2014 with the Taiwanese Government retaining a 39% stake.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] The first domestically upgraded fighter was delivered on October 20, 2018.[9] The project is to be completed by 2023.[10] 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,[11] AIDC hired 200 additional employees in Taichung to bring production back to schedule.[12][13]

In 2018 AIDC signed an agreement with GE for the production of 17 parts for the LEAP engine including hot section components.[14]

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.[15] In October 2019 Boeing cut orders to AIDC which were associated with the troubled 737 MAX program as monthly production figures were decreased.[16] In 2019 AIDC was reported to have 2,137 employees involved in confidential projects.[17]

Facilities and equipment[edit]

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.[18]

AIDC operates one Astra SPX aircraft as a target tug.[19]


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.[20]


IDF F-CK-1A 1462 Outlet Nozzles and Underloaded Weapons
AIDC AT-3 - Thunder Tiger Aerobatics
Republic of China Air Force PL-1B primary trainer



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Du, Eric. "VIEWPOINT: Business Opportunities for U.S. Defense Firms Abound in Taiwan". National Defense Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. ^ Mondey, David, ed., The Complete Illustrated History of the World's Aircraft, Secaucus, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1978, ISBN 0-89009-771-2, p. 72.
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  6. ^ Pocock, Chris. "Taiwan's Good Technical Offer Is Affected By Politics". AIN Online. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ Salmonsen, Renée. "Taiwan earns money off Korean fighter jet purchase". Taiwan News. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ Trevithick, Joseph. "U.S. Test Pilots Head To Taiwan To Begin Testing Their Badly Needed Upgraded F-16s". The Drive. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ Phipps, Gavin. "Taiwan takes delivery of first F-16V aircraft". Janes. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  10. ^ and Evelyn Kao, Matt Yu. "Han Kuang drills to feature F-16Vs, Perry-class frigates". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  11. ^ Choo, Roy. "Delays mount to Taiwan F-16V upgrade". Flight Global. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  12. ^ Yeo, Mike (2019-10-18). "Taiwan says F-16 upgrade back on track, as it seeks recon pods that can watch China's coastline". Defense News. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ Dominguez, Gabriel. "RoCAF's F-16 upgrade programme is 'back on track', says Taiwanese defence minister". Janes. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  14. ^ "AIDC Builds the 4th and 5th Engine Case Manufacturing Centers". AIDC. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  15. ^ "AIDC and ITP Aero enter into a 10 year Engine Parts Agreement". AIDC. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  16. ^ Shih-ching, Kao. "Boeing cuts orders to Taiwanese suppliers". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  17. ^ Strong, Matthew. "Taiwan lawmaker voices concern over weapons developer traveling overseas". Taiwan News. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ Chen, Ted. "New AIDC factory expected to bring in NT$1bn annually". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  19. ^ "TRADE REGISTERS". SIPRI. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  20. ^ Press, Associated (2018-05-14). "Taiwan keen to boost domestic defence industry amid rising tension with Beijing". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  21. ^ Waldron, Greg. "USAF looks to help Taiwan with F-5 spares". Flight Global. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  22. ^ Shih-ching, Kao. "". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Sikorsky S/H-92/Cockpit". AIDC. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Bombardier CL-350/Empennage". AIDC. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  25. ^ Derber, Alex. "Taiwan's AIDC To Supply A320 Panels". Informa. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  26. ^ Ko, Shu-Ling (2019-01-25). "Taiwanese supplier for Japan's new regional passenger jet plans to deliver essential parts in second quarter". The Japan Times Online. Japan Times. Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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