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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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RE: Knockoff
By FITCamaro on 11/27/2012 1:08:36 PM , Rating: 4
Please provide an objective, positive article on the benefits of the Chinese stealing our technology. Obviously China benefits. They got free technology through illegal and illicit means.


RE: Knockoff
By hankw on 11/27/2012 1:16:26 PM , Rating: 1
What? That's not what I meant. I meant that western news would only report things that are negative. If there were Chinese innovations you probably wouldn't hear about it anyways.


RE: Knockoff
By hankw on 11/27/2012 9:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
This site is hilarious getting down voted simply for having a minority opinion while some guy making an obviously false claim gets a 5. :)


RE: Knockoff
By inperfectdarkness on 11/28/2012 2:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, the world media SHOULD only report negative thigns about China, since China only allows positive spin about itself to eminate from within its own borders.


RE: Knockoff
By Strunf on 11/28/2012 9:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
"They got free technology through illegal and illicit means."
You're telling me the US doesn't steal someone else technology too?...


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