Has China cloned the Apache? Images emergeshowing lookalike of America's deadliest assault helicopter being transportedon the back of a truck
Images have emerged of what appears to bean intact AH-64D Apache helicopter, one of America' s most successful anddeadliest assault weapons, in China.
The AH-64D is pictured, apparently beingtransported on the back of a truck, without a protective covering on.
The Apache features fully integratedavionics, weapons, and communications systems, and the technology used in it isa top secret.
The images have fueled concern that China has discovered a way of cloning themilitary hardware. It has already successfully cloned some of America's
mostadvanced weapons systems,TheAviatonist reports.
这些照片引发了人们的关心，认为中国已经掌握了克隆这种武器装备的技术。中国已经成功克隆了美国一些最先进的武器系统，The Aviatonist 网站报道。
It is not clear when the pictures weretaken, but they recently appeared on the China Defense Blog.
In 2011, it was reportedly claimed thatChina was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned froma downed U.S. fighter.
Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet –the Chengdu J-20 – in April, 2011.
At the time, military officials said it waslikely the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of anAmerican F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.
Other theories suggest that the helicopteris a full-size movie prop, or one of the U.S. Army Apaches downed or crashlanded in Iraq, that was later fixed and exported in China.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter, firstdeveloped and flown in 1975, before being taken into service with the U.S. armyin 1986.
China is not in the list of approvedexporters of the technology.
One theory has placed this helicopter asthe AH-64 which was shot down intact during the 2003 attack on Karbala.
Two pilots were captured and shown ontelevision along with the helicopter, but the Pentagon later said the Apachehad been destroyed during an airstrike
the following day.
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