Is China Illegally Converting Civilian Aircraft For Military Use? | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On ANN

ADR 01.23.17

Airborne 01.23.17

Airborne 01.24.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

ADR 01.23.17

Airborne 01.23.17

Airborne 01.24.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Thu, Feb 03, 2005

Is China Illegally Converting Civilian Aircraft For Military Use?

Recent Photos Show 737 Conversion

The Bush administration is reportedly investigating whether China is converting Boeing civilian aircraft for military purposes -- a move that would be in direct violation of American export laws.

It's also a move that could mean big trouble for Boeing, which is pushing hard to sell its new 787 Dreamliner to Chinese airlines.

The Washington Times reports a Boeing 737 was recently photographed at a Chinese air expo with what, for all the world, looked like a radome in the nose of the plane -- not the kind you'd expect on a civilian aircraft, but the kind you might look for on board a reconnaissance bird.

"There is a distinct possibility that China has illegally modified a US-made transport aircraft to perform military missions," said Richard Fisher, vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center and a specialist on the Chinese military.

"We have already begun looking into this matter," Eugene Cottilli, a spokesman for the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, told Times reporter Bill Gertz.

The State Department also confirms the investigation, according to the Times.

Selling commercial aircraft doesn't necessarily require an export license, according to one official quoted in the Times story. But license or not, converting civilian technology for military purposes (as seen above) is against US law when done with US technology outside the US.

The US stopped all military sales to China after the 1989 Tienamen Square crackdown on civilian democracy protesters.

FMI: www.strategycenter.net

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 01.23.17: AMA Expo West, Propel Star Wars Drones, Lily Folds

Also: Ready Made RC FPV Fest, ERAU Offering Drone Course, Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting AMA Expo West was quite a transition for the ANN crew... who went from the insanit>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day “The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber mission, whose ser>[...]

Klyde Morris (01.23.17)

Klyde Bemoans The Highs and Lows Of A Change In Administrations FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

AeroSports Update: Poberezny Estate To Be Preserved

Aircraft Spruce Acquires Poberezny Estate In Oshkosh, WI Anyone who is interested in recreational aviation is well aware of the impact Paul Poberezny and his family have made on fu>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC