Yes, This Chinese Fighter Plane Is a Copy Take From Russia
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Do you remember the Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission? These planes are crashing and Russia doesn't seem too broken.
This first appeared in 2018 and will be published again due to the interest of the readers.
Although Russia and China are now friends and are even doing joint exercises, the Russian Sputnik News recently published an article entitled "Chinese Navy Short on Carrier-Based Fighters, Has Only Problematic J-15".
The J-15 is an unlicensed copy of the Russian Su-33 carrier jet, which is a derivative of the land-based Su-27K fighter plane from the 1980s. China had purchased a T-10K-3, a Su-33 prototype, from Ukraine and subsequently reverse engineered it.
With a barely disguised hint of malicious joy, Sputnik News delved into the suffering of the J-15. "The love for the fourth generation J-15 jet is rarely shown in Chinese circles," said the Russian news site. "The Asia Times found that Chinese media have degraded the aircraft in many ways, including the term" flopping fish ", because it is unable to operate effectively from Chinese airlines that operate fixed-wing aircraft on their own The engines and the heavy weight of the J-15 severely limit their ability to work effectively: With an empty weight of 17.5 tons, it is the top for porters, the US F-18 workhorse -Marine in comparison is only 14.5 tons. "
Many buyers on eBay and Amazon can confirm what happens when they buy "unlicensed" products, although one may wonder how many of these problems started with the original Russian design. In any case, so many J-15s crashed and burned that China is developing a new carrier jet, the J-31.
After investigating the shortcomings of the J-15, Sputnik News exterminated Russian military expert Vasily Kashin, who explained why you shouldn't copy other nations' planes without permission.
"Years ago, the Chinese decided to save some money, and instead of buying several Su-33s from Russia for their subsequent license production in China, they opted for a Su-33 prototype in Ukraine," said Kashin.
"It took more time and money than expected to develop the J-15, and the first aircraft proved to be less reliable," said Kashin. "By investing more time and money, the Chinese will apparently solve the problems they now have and get a fairly reliable and powerful carrier-based fighter."
At this point, it should be noted that the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia also had a habit of "acquiring" Western technology without the owners' consent, from the atomic bomb to the space shuttle to video games. It is actually a dubious achievement, an admission that a nation is unable to truly innovate its own technology.
Given that China has the same habit, there is poetic justice here.
Michael Peck is a contributing writer for national interest. It can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
This first appeared in 2018 and will be republished due to the interest of the readers.
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