Skip to comments.Iran to buy 24 Chinese fighters built with Israeli technology
Posted on 10/23/2007 9:12:39 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Iran to buy from China 24 fighter jets based on Israeli technology
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
Iran has signed a deal with China to buy two squadrons of J-10 fighter planes that are based on Israeli technology, the Russian news agency Novosti reported Tuesday.
The 24 aircraft are based on technology and components provided to China by Israel following the cancellation of the Lavi project in the mid-1980s. The engines of the J-10 are Russian-made.
The total cost of the planes is estimated at $1 billion, and deliveries are expected between 2008 and 2010.
The estimated operational range of the aircraft, with external fuel tanks, is 3,000 kilometers, which means Israel falls within their radius of operation.
During the 1980s, Israel Aircraft Industries, along with U.S. firms, developed a multi-role aircraft that was considered the most advanced of its type at the time.
Following the development of a prototype, the Reagan administration stopped funding for the project, bringing about the cancellation of the joint project.
Israel then began selling some of the systems it had developed to various countries, including China.
Experts point out that even with these aircraft, Iran's air force is no match for Israel's or even Saudi Arabia's.
Some analysts expressed criticism at what they called Israel's "short sighted" and lax export policies.
This is not the first time Israeli components were part of weapons systems aimed at Israel. Some reports claimed that China sold Saudi Arabia long-range missiles containing Israeli know-how.
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Woa thats not even funny.
Is Iran really that unaware of Chinese quality?
And Israel knows all about the hidden bugs that they didn’t happen to mention to China.
Poetic justice, though. Israel should not have sold any military technology to China under any circumstances.
What goes around comes around.
I kinda it funny Iran building jets from China with Israel tech you know how much Iranian hate Israel
hahaha....better check the lead paint on that baby.
The more Chinese stuff Americans buy at Wal*Mart, the better the quality of Chinese manufacturing gets.
Being an old, failed screenwriter, I'd plot this out to--
If there was any 'Poetic Justice' in this tired old world, Iran would get delivery on the 24 and armed them with nukes and send them to take out Israel--
When a hidden, unknown to the Chinese, software option--
Called the Jehovah Option, transforms the J-10s into.. Lavi Fighters that turns about--
And Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran--
Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran!
As fast as you can!
Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran!
I love it... when a plan comes together!
Nice work Israel.
Oh, I dunno, that little "off switch" thing Israel has going is pretty cool.
If Israel was STUPID enough to sell the tech to China, it serves them right. Too bad it won’t be the politicians involved who suffer. (They never seem to.)
Israel just HAS to be a maverick in world politics.
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