06 May '12, 11am

Procurement: China Counterfeiters Nail Another #Russia Jet Fighter #USAF #ASEAN #Taiwan #India

May 6, 2012: China has apparently copied the Russian Su-30MK2, and is operating it as the J-16, claiming that the aircraft is of Chinese design. More unauthorized pictures of the J-16 are showing up, via Chinese with cell phone cameras and Internet access. It's pretty clear that the J-16 is a copy of the Su-30MK2. Russia and China jointly developed the two seat version of the Su-30, as the Su-30MKK in the late 1990s, and, a decade ago, an upgraded version the Su-MK2. China has received about a hundred legal Su-30MK2s, but now nearly identical J-16s are showing up. This kind of blatant technology theft is nothing new. The Chinese J-11 jet fighter is an illegal Chinese copy of the Russian Su-27. This plagiarism has been a source of friction between Russia and China for nearly a decade. It all began, legally, in 1995, when China paid $2.5 billion for the right to build 200 Su...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20120506...

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