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The aircraft will replace 14 (K)C-135FR tankers in the French air force from 2018, at a rate of one or two per year.
The latest missile bears a close resemblance to the Indian-Russian BrahMos missile.
Program officials are hoping that the move will boost the type’s flagging export prospects.
The nation’s air force intends to eventually replace all three of its existing combat aircraft with the Swedish jet.
The aircraft appeared at the show in PLAAF livery, and the service is expected to be the primary customer.
In its Zhuhai display, the FC-31 appeared to bleed too much energy and the pilot had a hard time keeping the nose up during turns and other maneuvers.
The significant increase in military systems on display has boosted the biennial event.
Iran claims to have flown an unmanned aircraft copied from the RQ-170 Sentinel that crashed in that country in December 2011.
All previous indications and illustrations of the FCAS project have pointed to an unmanned combat air vehicle.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks information on "distributed airborne capabilities" involving small unmanned aircraft.