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  • Thanks Chris. Great article. I'm glad I live in the UAV capital of the world. Just hoping they build Skynet central command somewhere else.

    RE: JackCrossfire

    Yes, Shanzhai practices are not limited to consumer electronics. They've had some success reproducing aircraft for non-US customers - most recently the J-15:

    As for US defense spending, I don't anticipate we'll be buying any sophisticated military equipment (aside from basic components) from China anytime soon. There are too many complications with intellectual property/security regulations. Not to mention the defense industry's built in outsourcing safeguard i.e. the good ol' boy network.

    excerpt from another article:
    "Sneak peaks of Chinese UAV models and displays at the biennial Zhuhai Airshow illustrate a growing interest in UAVs and an obvious effort to copy U.S. designs.

    China's copycat tradition goes back to the 1960s. Recovered U.S. AQM-34N Firebee drones lost over China and North Vietnam led to the production of the WZ-5 Chang Hong, which ironically may have seen service during China's 1979 invasion of Vietnam.

    Fisher said China's UAV sector is now developing reciprocal and turbine engine-powered UAVs in three configurations: high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE); medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE); and unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV)."


  • Lord Dark Helmet and "Ludicrous speed, NOW!" Gotta love it.
  • The big question is how long can it go on. Silicon Valley was once like this before Russia became the world's space launch service. How long until China can produce the Reaper for a fraction of the cost? All socialist systems eventually run out of money.
  • *runs finger over radar screen and tastes it* raspberry.... I Hate raspberry Jam! lol
  • T3
    Hahahaha! All that's missing from the picture is one giant jar of rasberry jam! :D "Sir! Our radar appears to be jammed, sir!"
  • 3D Robotics
    We love Spaceballs! You need to watch it with kids--feel the power of the Schwartz!
  • Moderator
    ...reminds me of that terrible movie, Spaceballs!
  • Moderator
    That chap needs a smaller hat
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