China is in talks to sell Germany state-of-the-art machinery and technology needed to manufacture high-performance jet engines, a senior government scientist told the South China Morning Post. If the deal goes through, it would be an impressive demonstration of how quickly China has moved up the technology ladder.
The equipment involved in the potential sale is a kind of turbine blade that is capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees above the melting point of metallic alloys, said the scientist, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The technology could be an important step for made-in-China jet engines, with China now the world’s largest market for commercial aircraft. Thousands of planes are on order from Airbus and Boeing, and China is also developing its own C919 passenger jet.