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Chinese "dragon" from Israel
Material posted: Publication date: 24-04-2014

Help create a multi-purpose fighter aircraft, drones and cruise missiles, despite U.S. pressure tel Aviv working closely with Beijing.

In recent years Israel has become a major exporter of advanced weapons to China, despite the opposition of the United States. According to experts, Israeli military exports to China is second only to Russian and has a tendency to significant growth.

The rise of the "Rapid dragon"

January 5, 2007 in Beijing was officially published information about the latest Chinese multirole fighter Chengdu J-10 "Rapid dragon". For experts, its relationship with the Israeli Lavi fighter was not new. The creation of the "Rapid dragon" has become one more confirmation of Israeli-Chinese military cooperation, which was started already in the 80-ies of XX century.

In 1984 appeared the first reports about the modernization of Israelis of Soviet tanks that were in service with the people's liberation army (PLA). According to the independent expert of the analytical centre of the Hong Kong KANWA Andrew Chan, in 1986, a large group of Israeli experts in the field of military aircraft arrived in Chengdu, the center of Chinese aerospace industry. The stay of the Israelites in the Chinese city in Sichuan province was surrounded by a dense veil of secrecy.

The emergence of Israeli aviation engineers in China was preceded by a series of events, the understanding of the significance and importance of which has come only in recent years. Israel launched the project "Lavi" in the early ' 80s. the aim of the Israeli aircraft designers was the creation of the fighter, superior in their tactical-technical characteristics the American counterpart is the F-16A/B. target was achieved proving test flights of Israeli aircraft. In the US realized that dealing with a dangerous competitor. Under the pretext of protecting its own aviation industry and concerns about the possible export of Israeli fighter unfriendly regimes to the West, the Americans began to achieve the complete cessation of the Lavi program. Under American pressure, Israel was forced to turn the project 1987.

However, the achievements of Israeli aircraft designers have not disappeared. Probably between China and Israel reached a secret agreement under which Israel sold the Chinese part of the design documentation developed by the aircraft. Then appeared in the Chinese city of Chengdu Israeli engineers who helped to develop the fighter Chengdu J-10.

In addition to creating aerodynamic layout Chinese fighter, Israeli experts assisted in the design of a number of electronic on-Board systems and particularly the system of aircraft control and radar systems. Installed on Board the "Rapid Dragon" radar Jian-10 are actually system the Israeli ELM-2021, as well as the fire control system.

At the same time, China has made commitments in three respects. The first is to sell a new fighter direct or potential enemies of Israel. The second is to give Israel ample opportunity to use the Chinese side introduced the development, created with the participation of Israeli academics. Third, both States become full partners in the sale of fighter aircraft to third countries. This agreement between China and Israel and today remains the heart of the Israeli-Chinese military-technical cooperation. China stated that "the consistent position of China is that the development of normal military cooperation with Israel is a matter of relations between the two countries and does not apply to third countries".

Israeli technology in China and American

In the early 1990-ies first opened it was announced on the close relations between Israel and China, and on 22 January 1992, countries agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. Since then they have been developing intensively. Israel, as one of the world leaders in the sphere of high technologies, is interested in Chinese investment in their innovative projects. Over time the Chinese will be able to compete even with the Americans. To date, over one thousand Israeli companies are working on various projects in China.

The emerging cooling of relations between Israel and the United States only strengthens the new direction of Israeli policy — to strengthen economic and military ties with the rapidly razvivaemsya countries of the Far East and, primarily, with China. Israeli Ambassador to China became the General Matan Vilnai, in the recent past, the Deputy chief of staff of the IDF.

In the report of the U.S. Commission on China-us relations, Israel is called a major supplier of sophisticated military technologies to China. Tel Aviv provides equipment for interception purposes and fire control for the Chinese Navy, cruise missiles, YF-12A, YJ-62, and YJ-92, radar systems, onboard radar station (radar), optical and telecommunications equipment, drones and flight simulators, tank thermal imaging, Chinese air force jets armed with Israeli missile Python-3 "air-air". Israel has assisted China in developing missiles surface-to-air HQ-9/FT-2000. In July 2002, observers found that China used Israeli drones radars "Harpy" on military exercises in Fujian province.

While Washington continually tries to counteract this cooperation. A serious conflict between Israel and the U.S. have arisen in connection with the agreement to supply the China aircraft distant radar detection. Under the deal, tel Aviv was to equip three Chinese aircraft Phalcon radars. However, due to hard pressure by the United States in July 2000, Israel had refused to deal with China, potentially valued at $ 1 billion two years from tel Aviv to Beijing paid $ 300 million compensation for the failed project.

Areas of cooperation

Along with the intense military-technical cooperation between Israel and China, in recent years there has been a tendency to strengthen direct relations between armies of both countries. In the PRC carefully study of Israeli combat experience. "China should learn from Israel and rigidly react to attempts of the Japanese self-defense forces to go beyond the specified limits," wrote the famous Chinese military commentator Dai Xu about aggravated the contradictions between Beijing and Tokyo.

The chief of the National defence Academy General Liu Audio, headed a Chinese military delegation visited Israel, spoke about the need to strengthen cooperation with the Israeli air force with the aim of mastering their best practices. "If we say that the air force is the sword of the state, Israel is an unmatched and superb fencer," wrote Liu in his book "the God of war in the heavens", devoted to prospects of development of Chinese military aviation.

The countries exchanged visits of chiefs of staff military contacts at various levels, including between intelligence and the Navy are maintained permanently. Beijing is planning to use Israeli experience in combating terrorism, given the problems in Eastern Xinjiang. In the framework of the agreements reached in Israel in complete secrecy were trained to combat terror 53 senior Chinese police officer. They were placed on the base border at Beit-horon in the North of Israel. At the end of the course of the Chinese officers took the national Commissioner of police General of Israel David Cohen. However, the Israeli police refused to comment on the matter.

Alexander Shulman


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