tirsdag 9. mars 2021

China Stole The Designs Of The F-22 Stealth Fighter (And More)

In late December 2019, the Russian military defense conglomerate Rostec accused China of unauthorized acquisition of Russian military hardware intellectual property (IP), which resulted in increased tensions between the two partners. Between 2014 and 2018, Russia had been China’s biggest arms supplier and accounted for seventy percent of Beijing’s arms imports.

While it is unlikely that Russia would cut back on the sales, reverse-engineering of the military hardware has become a major concern for Moscow, which has accused China of copying everything from aircraft engines to air-defense systems. Instead of an embargo, Russia has responded by insisting that weapons are purchased in bulk to combat the likelihood of reverse-purchases that come when Beijing only bought a few samples. Moreover, Russia has largely come to accept Chinese IP theft as a cost of doing business, while at the same time Moscow could maintain a technological edge.

However, it isn’t just from a partner that China has been accused of stealing military IP.