Iranians created a RQ-170 Clone.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force, announced that the IRGC flew an Iranian RQ-170 drone in November 2014, modified to carry out both bombing and reconnaissance missions.
Smaller (60%) sized than an American RQ-170 Sentinel.
Intended to be used in an anti-ship warfare role against American surface ships in the Persian Gulf.
The Aviationist. “Category Archives: Captured Stealth Drone.” Accessed January 4, 2014.
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Defense Radar. “Iran carries successful test flight of reverse engineered RQ-170.” November 10, 2014.
Iranian State T.V. “Drone.” November 12, 2014.
Fars. “EXCLUSIVE: IRGC to Use RQ-170 for Bombing Missions.” May 12, 2014.
Chinese copy stealth fighter technology with the FC-31
China showed off its Shenyang FC-31 fighter (F-35 clone) at the Zhuhai air show.
The FC-31 initial intelligence reports suggest that the airframe has a weakness – it “bleeds” or loses altitude when it turns.
This action may be a show of force with the heightened media tension because of the APEC talks in November 2014.
CNN. “Just how good is China’s new ‘stealth’ fighter?” November 13, 2014.
Defense Tech. “China’s FC-31 Stealth Fighter Makes Statement at Zhuhai Air Show.” November 14, 2014.
IHS Jane’s. “Airshow China 2014: AVIC unveils FC-31 export fighter concept.” November 12, 2014.
Time. “China Unveils New ‘Stealth’ Fighter in Show of Strength.” November 14, 2014.
China may have obtained a sample of the tail section of the stealth helicopter lost in Afghanistan during Operation Neptune Spear.
American intelligence officials claimed that Chinese personnel, in Abbottabad with the permission of the Pakistani Government, took photos and samples of the wreckage.
Chinese and Pakistani sources deny these allegations.
The tail rotor was supposedly shipped back to the United States.
BBC. “Bin Laden raid: China denies inspecting US helicopter.” August 17, 2011.
CNN. “U.S. suspects Pakistan let China visit stealth chopper.” August 16, 2011.
- “Pakistan lets China see US helicopter.” August 14, 2011.
NPR. “China Denies Inspecting U.S. Stealth Helicopter In Pakistan.” August 17, 2011.
NPR. “Reports: Secret Stealth Black Hawk Helicopters Used In Bin Laden Raid.” May 5, 2011.
NYT. “U.S. Aides Believe China Examined Stealth Copter.” August 14, 2011.
Reuters. “Pakistan let China see crashed U.S. “stealth” copter.” August 14, 2011.
VOA. “China Denies Seeing Downed US Stealth Helicopter.” August 15, 2011.