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FACTBOX - China's top 10 defence companies

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing is enlisting the private sector to accelerate the rise of its once backward defence industry, already transformed by more than two decades of soaring military spending.

AC313, China's first large civilian helicopter with a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons, is seen during its debut in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province March 18, 2010. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

Listed subsidiaries of China’s top ten Chinese military contractors intend to buy at least 20 billion yuan in assets from their state-owned parents, according to their filings with the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

This would double the value of military related assets injected into these listed companies since 2007 with more in the pipeline.

Following is a list of China’s top ten defence groups, with estimated combined assets of 2 trillion yuan, about 25 percent of which are now held in their listed companies, according to market analysts.

Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC)

Makes aircraft for civilian and military uses, including bombers and fighter jets. Has around 400,000 employees. Makes China's self-developed ARJ21 regional jet and C919 commercial passenger jet. The company, which is shooting for sales of 1 trillion yuan in 2020, has more than 20 listed units, such as AviChina Industry & Technology Co Ltd 2357.HK and AVIC HAIG 600038.SS.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp

The major contractor for China's space programme. Total profit of 7 billion yuan on revenue of 70 billion yuan in 2009. Has eight listed companies, including China Spacesat Co Ltd 600118.SS and Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co Ltd 600151.SS.

China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp

Mainly engaged in the research and development of missiles. Has six listed subsidiaries, including Guizhou Space Appliance Co Ltd 002025.SZ and AISINO Co Ltd 600271.SS.

China North Industries Group Corp Norinco Group

Military focus is research and development of weapons and equipment for land forces. Controls a dozen listed units, such as Liaoning Huajin Tongda Chemicals Co 000059.SZ and Baotou Beifang Chuangye Co Ltd 600967.SS. Generated profit of 8.65 billion yuan on revenue of 307.7 billion yuan last year.

China South Industries Group Corp

Makes weapons and equipment for land forces, as well civilian products ranging from motorcycles to special steel. Has a dozen listed units, including automakers Jiangling Motors 000550.SZ and Changan Automobile 000625.SZ which both have joint ventures in China with Ford Motor F.N.

China Electronics Technology Group Corp

Specializes in research, development and production of large-scale electronic systems and software. Has six listed units, including Anhui Sun-Create Electronics Co Ltd 600990.SS and Shanghai East-China Computer Co Ltd 600850.SS.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corp(CSIC)

Manufactures civilian and military ships and offshore equipment, including submarines and missiles destroyers in northern China shipyards. Posted total profits of 6.23 billion yuan on revenue of 103.4 billion yuan in 2008. Has 140,000 employees and total assets of 222 billion yuan at end-2008. Listed units include China Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd 601989.SS and Fengfan Stock Co Ltd 600482.SS.

China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC)

Also manufactures civilian and military ships and offshore equipment, including submarines and missiles destroyers. Headquartered in Shanghai and runs major shipyards in eastern and southern China. Listed subsidiaries include China CSSC Holdings Ltd 600150.SS, Guangzhou Shipyard International Co Ltd 0317.HK and CSSC Jiangnan Heavy Industry Co Ltd 600072.SS.

China National Nuclear Corp

China's major nuclear power investor and producer; also involved in research of nuclear weapon technology. Listed units include SUFA Technology Industry Co Ltd 000777.SZ and CNNC International 2302.HK.

China Nuclear Engineering Group Co

China's main construction contractor for China's civilian and military nuclear projects. Listed subsidiary is China Nuclear Engineering Corp Ltd 601668.SS.

Reporting by David Lague and Charlie Zhu; Editing by Bill Tarrant