This feature from Educational Videos shows some military aircraft and weapons that it alleges China copied from the United States.
It begins by introducing Dongfan Chung, an aerospace engineer from Orange County who was sentenced to 24 years and 5 months in prison for being a Chinese spy. He had stolen more than 250,000 documents from Boeing and Rockwell, resulting in the Chinese copies.
These documents included designs for the C-17 Globemaster III, a Boeing freighter, which Chung snuck out to China in 2006. That same year, the Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation began building the Y-20, their version of the C-17. Before this, China had been having difficulty developing heavy transport aircrafts. The Y-20 can now significantly extend the reach of the Chinese military.
The Chengdu J-20, on the other hand, is supposedly largely based on the F-22 Raptor and the F35 Strike Fighter. In 2014, the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation successfully conducted a test flight of the J-20. The original design has been modified, said to be because of data from cyberattacks on the US military and defense contractors.
China’s CH-4 Drone was likewise copied from the US MQ-1 Predator, designed by the state-owned China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics. Chinese media claim that the CH-4 is superior to the MQ-1 Predator.
The Chinese HJ-12 Anti-Tank Missile is similar to the US FGM-148 Javelin, an anti-tank system, in terms of size, technology, firing and even basic design. The HJ-12 was revealed in 2014, and it can allegedly destroy current generation tanks, including the latest from Japan and the USA. The missiles are made by state-owned NORINCO, which has also been selling weapons to South Sudan.
Another on the list is the Changhe Z-10 helicopter, modelled after the US Sikorsky UH-60 – more popularly known as the “Black Hawk.” The Chinese government bought a civilian version of the Black Hawk in the 80s, and Pakistani intelligence allowed the Chinese military access to one.
Then there’s the Dongfeng EQ2050. In the 1980s, the makers of the original Humvees wanted to sell the design to China. The PLA rejected the offer, and AM General left one Humvee before they left. When the Chinese saw how the Humvee could cross deserts, they used the Humvees they had to construct their own.