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Chinese CH-4 Drone  (Source: Want ChinaTimes)

MQ-9 Reaper Drone  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Chinese defense companies copy the US

The Chinese military establishment has long copied military hardware from other parts of the world, including the U.S. Some Chinese military drones have been seen at China's Zhuhai air show in model form.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation built the CH-4 and it’s clear that the U.S. Reaper drone heavily influenced its design. The CH-4 has a claimed endurance of 30 hours and can travel nearly 2,000 miles at altitudes of up to 5 miles.
Another drone on display is built by Chengdu Aircraft Design is called the Wing Loong, and it also resembles the Reaper according to reports.

Of all the military drones on display at the air show, however, Defense News reports that the Wing Loong garnered the most attention. That drone reportedly has export deals in the works and the static display at the show features four hard points for weapons (laser-guided bombs, air-to-ground missiles, etc).

Another weapon on display, the Bateleur, was said to be a copy of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. However, simply copying the V-22 Osprey would be a difficult endeavor, as that highly complex aircraft has been plagued with numerous problems during its lifetime.
This isn’t the first time that mimicry has struck Chinese aircraft design. China’s J-20 stealth fighter looks suspiciously similar to Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed Martin stealth fighter designs.

Source: Defense News

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By lifewatcher on 11/27/2012 9:56:06 AM , Rating: 3
All these military patents should be handed over to Apple. They know how to harass the hell out of any offender :)

RE: Aww...
By FITCamaro on 11/27/2012 9:57:50 AM , Rating: 2
Except the Chinese government just jails or kills you if you question it.

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By Asetha on 11/27/2012 11:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
Precisely the point.

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By theapparition on 11/27/2012 10:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure Apple would just hand over to Chinese manufactures anyway, just so they could make a few more dollars.

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By arazok on 11/27/2012 10:44:12 AM , Rating: 5
Chinese Gov: “Hey! That secret UAV you sold us crashes all the time”
Apple: “Your flying it wrong”

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By RedemptionAD on 11/27/2012 12:35:23 PM , Rating: 2
To do business in China you must do 2 things. 1. Have a business there. and 2. Give IP of said business to Chinese government, kind of like our patent system in the USA, except there are no real protections granted by the Chinese method.

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By sorry dog on 11/27/2012 1:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot one important thing to do business in China....

You MUST have a chinese bag man to handle all of the "permits" and supplier "negotiations" you need to do business over there.

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By ritualm on 11/27/2012 10:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
Won't make any difference. You must pass information through a third party, and that party does not know - never mind care about - the true meaning of "confidentiality".

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