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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 knutjb on 11/27/2012 8:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
The US stole Nazi tech/research/scientists last century and propelled itself to the forefront of weapons research, is it really a surprise that EVERY other country does this as well. All research/tech is built on the shoulders of those that came before. The fact that the Chinese have caught up (maybe even advanced) so fast is frightening.
That is a rather twisting of history into a bizarre analogy. First the Germans had lost the war and many of them had a choice play with the Americans or the Russians, duh... Spoils of war and that is much different than your analogy implies.

We evaluated their ideas, some were amazing, Me-262, some sucked and were discarded but we didn't just copy and paste. You never saw us just throw a Mercury capsule on a V2. The Chinese are simply stealing designs by copy paste. I know an engineer who drew up an equipment design and encountered a Chinese copy that included her personal design mark in the copied product before the US based manufacturer had even replied with an estimate. Maybe you will be lucky enough to avoid Chinese counterfeit drugs that were copied and cheapened with unsuitable by-products or not happen to fly on an aircraft with falsely recertified or counterfeit parts. It is a far more serious problem than this article even digs into.

The Russians stole a number of design ideas from the Concorde and implemented them as is and it cost them. The Brits figured out the French were leaking information so the Brits doctored it up a little. The Tu-144 was in many was a better aircraft after they worked past the bad info they stole. NASA used it for some high-speed research and was amazed at some design features.

RE: Knockoff
By Solandri on 11/27/2012 11:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
On the topic of Russians copying American planes, the Tu-4 (clone of the B-29) is a pretty good read.

RE: Knockoff
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2012 11:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
We didn't have to copy the V2 we got Wernher von Braun. He was involved with nasa rocket design all the way up to and including the engines on the shuttle.

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