China Rolls Out UAVs That Look Similar to U.S. Counterparts
November 27, 2012 9:16 AM
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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,
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.
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11/27/2012 12:31:08 PM
The R&D is the majority of the cost of nearly anything so if someone else has solved the majority of issues in design why not copy it? There is a ton of reasons probably behind how and why the drone was designed the way it is so copying a successful design is actually smart.
Whats sad is if their copy works better than the original.
11/28/2012 9:26:28 AM
"copying a successful design is actually smart"
It is. Another example of a really obvious copy was the Soviet Buran, a copy of the Space Shuttle.
11/29/2012 2:56:52 PM
Thats actually the first thing that came to mind when I saw china did this. China copied the Soviets.
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