Chinese Take Shanzhai To New Heights…Literally

Posted by Greg | December 7, 2010  |  4 Comments

I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this before, but to be completely honest I really do love some of the Shanzhai products that hit the market. I appreciate what the reverse-engineers and manufacturers are trying to do — even if they fail more often than not — but these latest knockoffs are just ridiculous. FIGHTER JETS….WTF!?

After decades of importing and reverse-engineering Russian arms, China has reached a tipping point: It now can produce many of its own advanced weapons—including high-tech fighter jets like the Su-27—and is on the verge of building an aircraft carrier.

Not only have Chinese engineers cloned the prized Su-27′s avionics and radar but they are fitting it with the last piece in the technological puzzle, a Chinese jet engine.

In the past two years, Beijing hasn’t placed a major order from Moscow.

Now, China is starting to export much of this weaponry, undercutting Russia in the developing world, and potentially altering the military balance in several of the world’s flash points. – The Wall Street Journal

Now that is some ice cold stuff right there. I have my doubts about being able to get my hands on a demo…

Sources: WSJ

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  1. Justin says:

    Pretty cool. I wonder whether Russia’s getting mad because of this.

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