During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, President Obama took China to task about its cyber espionage campaign against Western technology creators and innovators. And China responded by showing off the fruit of their hacker’s labor by test flying the J-31 Stealth Fighter prototype.
The J-31 (seen above) and China’s other stealth fighter, the J-20, both allegedly contain stealth technology stolen from US military contractors. Adding insult to injury, China plans on exporting the stealth fighter to nations that can not afford the American F-35.
Electronic espionage has allowed China to make very rapid advances in military & research fields and they show no sign of slowing down amidst political pressure. If anything they are expanding their attempts at an alarming rate.
As we haven’t had a lot of luck keeping Chinese hackers out of US systems, maybe it is time to create fake honeypot systems for them to attack that contain purposely flawed military designs…
From The Register today:
The US special-ops troops who killed Osama bin Laden at the weekend appear to have travelled to their target in previously unknown stealth helicopters. One of the secret choppers was disabled during the raid and blown up by the departing SEAL commandos in a largely successful attempt to prevent its technology falling into non-US hands, but surviving fragments of the tail offer intriguing clues as to the aircraft’s design.
Looks like when the Seals try to destroy the disabled chopper by blowing it up. Problem is, the tail section remained somewhat intact. And from the pictures, it appears to be a never before seen “stealthy” design.
The remnant tail section has more blades than a normal Blackhawk and the blades are covered by a metallic dome. Also, the paint used could be a special type used to defeat infrared sensors.
Photo from iElmira.com, more photos available on The Daily Mail.
Several concept drawings from Defensetech.org today show what the helicopter may have looked like:
And a Chinese version:
The website also has a futuristic stealthy “Air Wolf” style drawing.
Several different looks, all from the same tail, but until we have the full picture we can only make guesses. I am just curious where the tail section will end up. When a F-117 crashed in Kosovo back in 1999, it ended up in China’s hands.
Will our “ally” Pakistan return the wreckage? Or will they sell it to the highest bidder?
I was checking out Sean Lawson, Ph.D.’s blog and found an interesting link to IMINT & Analysis – “Open source military analysis, strategic thinking, and Google Earth imagery interpretation.”
I really enjoy open source intelligence and all things military, so you know I just had to investigate. And here is what caught my eye immediately:
F-117A MOCKUP IN CHINA
The image above, captured in March of 2010, depicts an F-117A mockup. Normally, a mockup of the F-117A wouldn’t be a very big deal, but this one is in the middle of Luoyang, China. First spotted by the intrepid members of the China Defense Forum, the mockup appears to be partially completed, apparently missing the forward fuselage.
Now what would an F-117A Stealth Fighter be doing in China? According to the article, the F-117A mockup is sitting at the Electro-Optical Technology Development Center in Luoyang, China. Apparently the center does R&D for Chinese air-to-air missiles.
Check out the IMINT & Analysis site for more information.
The picture above is from Google Earth. You can still see the stealth fighter at coordinates 34.662363′ Lat, 112.429356′ Long.