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Originally posted by waynos
Actually chinawhite, I don't think he was saying it was 'like the Typhoon' as much as he was emphasising it was different from the F-16.
originally posted by figher master FIN
And the tail...???
Originally posted by ch1466
Does this show that the Chinese are incompetent boobs unable to design a plane to defend their own lands properly? Of course. Because they've stuffed a 27,000lbst RUSSIAN engine into an airframe whose spec'd dimensions seem to echo the Lavi almost to a T. And the Lavi only has 5,000lbs or so of gas in it.
David Lari, director general of Israel's Ministry of Defense, acknowledged in an Associated Press interview that "some technology on aircraft" had been sold to China and that some Israeli companies may not have "clean hands".
In the late 1980s, at least 20 engineers from Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) were part of the fighter's design team at Chengdu."
"IAI also helped with windtunnel testing in the early design stage. The Israeli presence has been scaled down in the last three years"
I just happened to come across this forum by chance, but you may be interested to know that I was one of the design engineers working on the Lavi project in 1983 thru 1986. I am not Israeli, I am a British aerospace structural designer, and there were nothing like 1,500 engineers on the project. There were about 500 in total, mostly British, with very few Israelis.
The Israelis mostly headed up groups, but relied heavily on British and American design expertise.
Since the Lavi was cancelled some time ago, and most Israelis were made redundant, I cannot see how China would need any input from Israel.