Reform and Opening-up Achieved Fruitful Results and Aerospace Development Continued to Achieve Success

12.04.2018

When soldiers drove the missile chariots accompanied by yellow sand in the Zhurihe military training base to solemnly accept the review of the Party and the people, when the viewers saw the scene of missile launching in the movie Wolf Warriors and felt proud, when spectators from all over the world went through the security check to access the venues for Beijing Olympic Games to watch the games, when the Olympic torch was successfully ignited in the world's highest peak, Mount Qomolangma and when passengers traveled through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to enjoy the experience of fast customs clearance, China attracted attention from all around the world, and was highly praised for its development achievements of reform and opening-up, and Chinese people were proud of the prosperity of the motherland.

These wonderful moments were some important historical witnesses of China's 40 years of reform and opening-up, and embodied the important supporting forces of high technologies for aerospace in China.

In the past 40 years of reform and opening-up, CASIC has been committed to “empowering the army with science and technology and serving the nation with aerospace technology”, as well as the development of aerospace technologies to make outstanding contributions to China's national defense modernization and national economic construction. Especially since the 18th CPC National Congress, a series of weapons developed and produced by CASIC has constituted the offensive and defensive equipment system of China to support the national defense and military modernization. At the same time, CASIC has also become one of the first batch of national-level “mass entrepreneurship and innovation” demonstration bases in China. CASIC, as a leader, has won multiple Special Prizes in the National Award for Science and Technology Progress, and the National Science and Technology Progress Award for First-batch Innovation Teams. CASIC has made full use of the scientific and technological advantages to create the first industrial Internet platform - CASICloud in China to provide generically free services and individual value-added services for more than 2.62 million all-kinds-of enterprises. CASIC has broken through the "ceiling" of traditional aerospace technologies and development modes to promote the “Five Clouds and One Train” project (the key project of commercial aerospace) to achieve phased results. CASIC has taken the lead in carrying out large-scale localized engineering information system application projects in China, and has developed new domestic information technology products including three major localized information technology products for aerospace and three small localized information technology products for aerospace.

Gao Hongwei, the Chairman and Secretary of Party Committee of CASIC, said that the aerospace industry is a key area related to national security and the lifeline of the national economy, and provides important support for promoting national defense and economic construction, scientific and technological development, and social progress. CASIC will adhere to Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, be determined to serve the national strategy, the national defense construction and national economy and the people's livelihood, always stick to reform and opening-up, and strive to act as a pioneer in reform and opening-up and the main force for the high-quality development of the aerospace industry to make contribution to laying a solid national defense foundation and building China into an aerospace power.

Serving national economy and the people's livelihood, and building China into an aerospace power

During the cause of reform and opening-up, CASIC, as a strategic, high-tech and state-level innovative enterprise, will be determined to make state-owned enterprises grow in both size and strength, and pursue transformation and upgrading with technological innovation, business mode innovation and management innovation by both strengthening development in defense equipment industry, aerospace industry and civil-military integration industry and reinforcing the creation of new modes and the nurturing and growing of new industries, new formats and new impetus to amass precious practical experience.

In recent years, CASIC has maintained the stable and fast development trend. CASIC has ranked A for 11 consecutive years in the assessment for operating performance of heads of central enterprises published by SASAC, and won the “Award for Enterprise with Excellent Performance” and the “Award for Enterprise with Scientific and Technological Innovation” for 3 consecutive terms. CASIC, as a leader, has won 5 Special Prizes in the National Award for Science and Technology Progress and multiple National Awards for Science and Technology Progress, and has ranked 346th in the list of Fortune Global 500 in 2018.

As one of the main forces in China's aerospace industry, CASIC actively promoted the strategic goal of "building China into an aerospace power", successfully completed the support tasks in all phases of Shenzhou 1 - Shenzhou 11 manned space flight projects, and provided relevant key technical supports for moon landing of “Chang’e” and networking of “Beidou”.

In face of the flourishing development trend of global commercial aerospace, CASIC not only has completed its mission to R&D and manufacture weapons, but also has stuck to the innovation-driven development strategy in deepening its ploughing in commercial aerospace, has vigorously developed technologies in fields such as space transportation systems, micro-satellite platforms, space payloads and spatial information applications, as well as a series of aerospace products featuring with controllable costs, reliability and facilitating use, has possessed the capacities in providing launch services for commercial launch vehicles, commercial satellites development and spatial information applications, has created good commercial values and a wide range of social benefits, and has achieved phased research and application results in the “Five Clouds and One Train” commercial aerospace project. The Kuaizhou launch vehicle has successfully completed two commercial launching missions and the Tiankun satellite has expanded the type spectrum of the small low-orbit general satellite platform in China.

At the same time, CASIC has thoroughly implemented the strategy of building China into a manufacturer of quality and China’s strength in cyberspace, has vigorously promoted the deep integration of the Internet, big data, artificial intelligence and the real economy, and has built CASICloud, the first industrial Internet public service platform in China and one of the first batch in the world that owns proprietary intellectual property rights to provide more than 2.62 million enterprise users in more than 200 countries and regions around the world with generically free services and individual value-added services. On the platform, the cooperation and purchase demands with an amount of over RMB 559.1 billion have been issued, and the overall turnover of the platform has reached RMB 299 billion. In addition, CASIC has promoted the implementation of the ecosystems of cloud manufacturing industry clusters in “nine cities in seven regions” in China. At the same time, INDICS International Cloud Platform has realized the online operation in 7 foreign language environments, with 16,800 registered users and released overseas demands of over USD 5.1 billion (as of November 25).

In 2017, witnessed by President Xi and German Chancellor Merkel, CASIC and Siemens signed the strategic cooperation agreement in the industrial Internet and intelligent manufacturing fields; the cooperation of the two powers is meant to forge a future-oriented industrial ecosystem. In 2018, in order to further deepen the cooperation, CASICloud and Siemens (China) signed the cooperation agreement of the intelligent manufacturing project to jointly serve the intelligent manufacturing markets.

At present, dozens of practice cases about collaborative manufacturing and intelligent transformation applications for flexible production have been obtained on the platform, resulting in reduction of the R&D design cycle by 30%~45%, increase in production efficiency by 25%~60%, cost reduction by 10%~30% and labor reduction by 30%~60%, promoting the social integration and sharing, optimal configuration and business collaboration for industrial services, industrial equipment and industrial products.

In April 2017, Premier Li Keqiang visited CASIC, spoke highly of the development of the CASICloud platform, and fully affirmed the achievements of CASIC in the field of “Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. As one of the first batch of mass entrepreneurship and innovation demonstration bases, CASIC takes mass entrepreneurship and innovation as an undertaking and develops special policies to encourage the officers and employees to carry out on-the-job entrepreneurship and innovation, and CASIC has seeded and nurtured approximately 5000 mass entrepreneurship and innovation projects in the society. CASIC has formed the “Three Stages and Three Pools” internal mass entrepreneurship and innovation advancing model including the nurturing stage, incubation stage , acceleration stage, creation pool, seed pool and product pool. CASIC nurtures a batch of innovative enterprise platforms, including CASICloud, laser research academy and rocket company, releases a series of new products and new projects that have broad market prospects and high added values, including DMS, the automatic glass blasting device and the geomagnetic positioning and navigation system, and absorbs the first-class innovation teams by applying the mixed ownership mode. A lot of its products have been industrialized.

Serving the national defense construction and performing our duties in strengthening our armies

A series of major technical equipment of China emboldens all Chinese people and ensures peace for development, including Chinese missiles debuted at the military parade in the 35th anniversary of the founding of the PRC in 1984, new missiles debuted at the military parade in the 50th/60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC in 1999/2009, and CASIC’s equipment accounting for nearly 2/3 of the missile equipment debuted at the military parade in the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Japanese War in 2015.

At the Zhurihe military parade for the celebration of the 90th anniversary of PLA in 2017, more than ten types of missiles and equipment and one type of logistics assurance equipment researched, developed and manufactured by CASIC passed by the review platform to receive the review of CPC and the Chinese people. At the same time, all equipment performed well in the strategic battle drill for the whole army and the international military competitions, demonstrating China’s determination and ability to safeguard world peace, and national sovereignty, security and development.

Moreover, CASIC’s equipment has never been absent from the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. In 1996, China Aerospace Corporation attended the airshow, and the mystery of China's aerospace industry has been unveiled for the first time. In 2018, CASIC attended the airshow with seven equipment systems (its exhibits with the largest scale, compared with those in previous years). Visitors were deeply impressed by CASIC, a professional development and production organization for full range of missile weapons and equipment in China.

Xi pointed out that major scientific and technological innovation achievements are the important instruments and sharp weapons of a nation, must be held in our own hands, and must rely on self-reliance and independent innovation. CASIC has obtained the authorizations for the first invention patent and utility model patent in China. During the cause of reform and opening-up, CASIC has always been strong-willed in prioritizing successful completion of the mission to manufacture aerospace defense equipment, has focused on innovation in “Five New Generations” (new-generation weapon and equipment technologies and application, new-generation aerospace launching technologies and application, new-generation autonomous and controllable information technologies and application, new-generation intelligent manufacturing technologies and application, and new-generation materials and process technologies and application) and “Four Basic Technologies” (basic technologies for microsystem, basic technologies for autonomous and controllable information security, basic technologies for intelligent manufacturing and basic technologies for smart industry), has promoted the wide application of structure and function integration, system and subsystem integration and mutual penetration of software and hardware, and microsystem technologies, has possessed a number of key and core technologies with proprietary intellectual property rights, has successively won the first place in the development history of China's national defense weapons and equipment, and has successfully accomplished a series of major pioneering flight tests. A series of major technical equipment of China, including Dongfeng, Hongqi, Changjian and Yingji missiles, has constituted a more complete offensive and defensive equipment system to defend our territory, airspace, and waters, and lay a solid foundation for strengthening China's national defense strength and safeguarding national security.

Facing the requirements in battle-oriented, innovation-driven and system building-oriented military and national defense construction in the new era, Gao said that providing advanced defense equipment and high-tech products for our country is the fundamental task of CASIC. CASIC shall thoroughly implement Xi's idea on strengthening the PLA, keep in mind its prior duties to strengthen the PLA, prioritize the development of the aerospace defense equipment industry, further improve the systemaltization, intelligentization, practical battle capability and quality reliability of missile weapons, and spare no efforts in providing equipment and technical assurance for the equipment systemaltization, system intelligentization, and intelligent battle in the field of national defense.

Serving the national economy and people's livelihood, and promoting military-civilian integration

Following the pace of reform and opening-up, CASIC proposed the development concept of “generalized defense and extensive security”, engaged in pioneering and innovation based on the absolute sincerity and the technical advantages in the professional fields, made a series of groundbreaking breakthroughs in information technology and information security, as well as high-end equipment manufacturing, research and development, promoted the technological advancement of the industry and created good economic and social benefits.

Especially in recent years, CASIC attended a number of important conferences and exhibitions at home and abroad including the International Astronautical Congress, the Hannover Fair, the China (Beijing) International Service Trade Fair, the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit and the China Hi-Tech Fair, and visitors highly praised the rapid development of CASIC. In addition, each year, CASIC continues to hold summits and forums on topics such as industrial Internet, commercial aerospace, laser industry, intelligent collaborative cloud technology and industry development, and smart industry to gather the latest development achievements and exchange ideas for future development. In this way, people can deeply understand that CASIC not only shoulder the mission of serving as the state’s defender, but also bear the responsibility of acting as the people's defender.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, CASIC has continuously cultivated and expanded emerging industries, the concentration of the major business has been continuously improved, the guidance capacity of some strategic innovation fields has increased year by year, and the framework for establishment of the new business system has gradually become clear. Especially, substantial results have been achieved in fields such as commercial aerospace, industrial internet, laser technology industry and information security. Practice has proved that promoting the integration of the aerospace industry into the national economic and social development system will provide greater support for the development of the aerospace industry and national defense construction, as well as better guidance for economic construction and technological development.

The “Golden Tax, Golden Card, Golden Shield” projects have effectively ensured the national economy security and the stable operation of the society. The devices and systems for making the electronic Exit-Entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao have been widely applied in China. The aerospace security system has successfully guaranteed the smooth implementation of important activities such as Beijing Olympic Games and the military parade on the National Day, and the business scope has been expanded from the security for large-scale events to safe and smart cities. CASIC has undertaken the tasks for construction of automated gateways of the immigration control system for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (Hong Kong Section) and automated gateways for cooperative inspection by Zhuhai and Macau at the Zhuhai highway port, and the construction of the rapid security check channels has played an important role in improving customs clearance experience of passengers and the customs clearance efficiency. The first underground pipeline project in China was implemented in Dezhou for guarding the city, and the ground penetrating radar can realize the “non-destructive testing” on underground pipelines. The “Tianwang-1” system and the fire extinguishing system for high buildings have solved the international problem of anti-terrorism and fire fighting. The portable air conditioners that can be worn effectively solved the problem of heatstroke prevention of outdoor operators in summer. The high-tech products for aerospace such as the 55-degree thermostatic water cup - “aerospace water cup” developed with the phase-change materials and the portable meat detector - “Xianbizi” have brought real convenience to people’s life.

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out in the report delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress that the principal contradiction of the Chinese society has been redefined as the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, and a strategic arrangement for implementing the new development philosophy and building a modern economic system has been made. Gao said that CASIC will be actively engaged in the main battlefield of the national economic construction and regard the aspirations of the people to live a better life as the focus of our efforts, and the main battlefield of the further military-civilian integration shall be upgraded with a goal to achieve “security, health, happiness and knowledge”, so as to make contributions to the digital China and the smart society.

At the starting point of the new round of reform and opening-up, CASIC will thoroughly implement the high-quality development requirements. In the tide of peaceful cooperation, openness, integration, reform and innovation, CASIC will promote the implementation of the strategy of “Two Targets and Four Steps”, provide aerospace wisdoms, solutions, and forces in the new journey of building China into a modern socialist country, and forge ahead toward the space dream in respect of “exploring the vast universe, developing the aerospace industry and building an aerospace power.”

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