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China North Industries Group Corporation
Native name
"Chinese: 中国兵器工业集团公司
"State owned company
Industry "Defence
Founded 1980; 38 years ago (1980)
Headquarters "Xicheng District, "Beijing, "China
Area served
Key people
Yin Jiaxu ("Chairman)
Wen Gang ("President)[1]
Products "Munitions
"Firearms, "Artillery
"Combat vehicle
"Electro-optical devices
Increase "CN¥ 403.8 billion (2016)
Increase CN¥ 13.5 billion (2016)
Owner "SASAC
Number of employees
276,600 (2015)
Website www.norincogroup.com.cn
China North Industries Corporation
"Simplified Chinese 中国北方工业公司
"Traditional Chinese 中國北方工業公司
Alternative Chinese name
"Simplified Chinese 中国兵器工业集团公司
"Traditional Chinese 中國兵器工業集團公司

The China Ordnance Industries Group Corporation("Chinese: 中国兵器工业集团公司)[2], also known as China North Industries Group Corporation("Chinese: 中国北方工业公司), officially abbreviated as Norinco, is a Chinese defence corporation that manufactures a diverse range of civil and military products, including "light and "armored vehicles, "tanks, "aircraft, "UAVs, "artillery, "fuel air bombs, "precision strike systems, "missiles, "air defence and "anti-missile systems, "air-launched weapons, "amphibious assault weapons and equipment, "night vision products, long-range suppression weapon systems, "machinery, "radar, optical-electronic products, "engineering equipment, oil field equipment, "chemicals, light industrial products, "explosives and blast materials, infantry equipment, high-effect destruction systems, "anti-riot equipment, civil and military "firearms and "ammunition. It is also involved in domestic civil construction and military defence projects.[3][4]

Norinco is one of the leading defence companies and contractors in the world, with a global reputation for its high-tech defense products and services.[5][6][7]



Established in 1980 with the approval of the State Council of China, Norinco is an enterprise group engaged in both products and capital operation, integrated with research and development, manufacturing, marketing, and services. Norinco mainly deals with defense products, petroleum & mineral resources development, international engineering contracting, optronic products, civilian explosives and chemical products, sports arms and equipment, vehicles and logistics operation, etc. Norinco has been ranked among the forefront of China’s 500 largest state-owned enterprises in terms of total assets and revenue.

Trade disputes with the United States[edit]

In 1993, the import of most Norinco firearms and ammunition into the United States was blocked under new trade rules when China's "permanent normal trade relations status was renewed. The prohibition did not apply to sporting "shotguns or shotgun "ammunition however. In 1994, "U.S. Customs agents conducted a sting against "Atlanta based importers of Norinco firearms.[8]

In August 2003, the "Bush Administration imposed sanctions on Norinco for allegedly selling missile-related goods to "Iran.[9] These sanctions led to a prohibition on imports into the US of the remaining types of firearms and ammunition not covered by the 1993 ban.[10][11]

Examples of products manufactured by Norinco[edit]

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