Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), the largest mainland aircraft manufacturer, is seeking more sales for its military and civil products overseas this year. The Beijing-based plane maker secured an order for 42 FC-1s, a lightweight fighter, from Pakistan for US$1 billion last year, the largest export order for military products received by the company. The firm's net profit surged 32 per cent to 9.7 billion yuan (HK$11 billion) last year. Besides the FC-1, the L-15 Falcon, a supersonic training aircraft, made its debut demonstration at the Dubai Air Show last year, stealing the limelight from other manufacturers. Avic is also working hard to market its civil aircraft to the international market. The Modern Ark 60, a turboprop-powered airliner that seats up to 60 passengers, is scheduled to receive its certificate of airworthiness this year from the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and six other countries formed after the break up of the Soviet Union. Last year, the MA series secured 42 orders, raising outstanding orders to 186 aircraft. No details of overseas and domestic orders was provided. The company will continue to strengthen its manufacturing tie-ups with Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier this year, including its work on the Bombardier C-series, the wing box assembly of the Airbus A320 and rear fin of the Boeing B747-8. Avic is the major sub-contractor for the ARJ-21 and C919 airliners, the mainland's main challenge to Airbus and Boeing. The company will spearhead international co-operation on the project including the landing gear and engine of the C919. To balance the group's ratio of aviation with non-aviation products, Avic said it would increase sales from wind power and vehicles substantially this year. It also will try to turn around its air-conditioning compressor and motorcycle business. Avic, which controls 20 listed companies on the mainland and Hong Kong, was incorporated last year after consolidation between the Avic I and Avic II groups. The company recorded 191 billion yuan in sales last year, up 14 per cent from the previous year. Avic said in November it would inject aviation-related assets into AviChina, a Hong Kong-listed subsidiary, followed by an asset swap agreement with the company. AviChina sold its vehicle business to Avic for 2.37 billion yuan in November, in return for stakes in a company involved in aviation electrical products.