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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 inperfectdarkness on 11/28/2012 2:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
"...still be work for us"?

Ok, let me break this down for you. Defense spending is directly tied to R&D, which is (in turn) directly tied with how advanced our weapons systems are (relative to our counterparts). If we are hemorrhaging technology to our counterparts (read enemies and potential enemies) left and right, we end up having to spend money on defense at an increasingly faster rate in order to try and keep any "edge" over our said entities.

To be fair, a technological edge isn't always required for victory. However, lack thereof is most often associate with overwhelming superiority of numbers (we have < 1/3 of China's population), and/or a willingness to accept tremendous amounts of casualties (which is certainly not the case, seeing as how averse we have become to the almost insignifant body-count of the past 11 years, compared to the body counts of Vietnam, WWII, or especially the US Civil War).

Therefore, not only is the military being told to do more with less (as has been the case since at least WWII) but it is also being told that it has less and less room for friendly casualties at the same time.

Bleeding out our military technology secrets to the Chinese isn't just a fringe effect, our technological advantage is THE last remaining advantage we truly have to bring to bear. Once we lose that, there will be no such thing as a "guaranteed" victory, no will there be adequate defense against foreign aggression on domestic US soil.

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