This major aircraft company was established in 1958. In 1961 it took over from Harbin production of the H-6, a Chinese version of the Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 Badger bomber, and also developed the H-6D as a cruise missile carrier. Produced the Y7 short/medium-range transport based on the Soviet An-24, the first flying in December 1970, and improved versions continue in production. Y7H and Y7H-500 are military and civil versions of the An-26. A supersonic strike aircraft first flew in 1989 as the JH-7, which might have entered service in small numbers with the PLA Naval Aviation for maritime strike duties from 1994. An export version of JH-7 was revealed in November 1998 as the FBC-1 Flying Leopard.