Wang Zegang makes mining machinery for the coal industry at his factory in Shandong province. But by next year he plans to branch out into a new business: making jets for China's air force.
The way he views it, the more of his products that get shot down, the better. The sole job of "Blue Fox" target drones — for which his factory will make jet thrusters — is to get blown out of the sky during aerial weapons tests.
Thanks to sweeping reforms, private sector entrepreneurs such as Mr Wang are now able to compete in tenders to sell high-tech aviation to the People's Liberation Army.
While the PLA used to be the final bastion against capitalist aggression, it has been forced by Community Party fiat to allow private companies into the guarded inner sanctum of defenseprocurement — once the exclusive preserve of elite state-owned monopolies.
"We are starting at the less demanding, less technical section of the market," said Mr Wang.
Making engines for target drones is perhaps one of the less prestigious missions in the Chinese air force. But it is one area that the elite state factories have relinquished to the private sector. And it is a foot in the door of a lucrative sector.
"In 10 years we hope to be making more sophisticated aircraft," Mr Wang added.