posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 06:28 AM
Actually, I seem to recall we /sold/ the Chinese a fair bunch (say 20-30, enough to copy anyway) Blackhawks back-in-the-when of the early/mid 1980s
when we were all snuggle boots with them (before we sold them our industry in trade for slave labour service economics).
And I also want to say that they promptly turned around and used their BHawk's high altitude capabilities to further their efforts to dominate Tibet
or Bhutan or whatever the hell other Himalayan back of beyond they decided 'had been too free for too long'.
Of course we didn't sell them any more blackhawks after that which I'm /just sure/ made the Tibettans 'extremely grateful'.
Snort. Such nice people.
Of course there is also the reality that if these things are coming out of Eurocopter* it may well be as a violation of the Westland Brownhawk
licensing agreement with the more powerful GTM322 engines and whatever other 'cross pollenization' can be accomplished behind closed doors in China
between the EU'ians and the their 'customers'.
To which I repeat: /Such/ nice people.
*I frankly don't know who EUrocopter now employs, it may just be MBB and Aerospatialle. It may be Agusta and Westland or even Mil/Kamov now too.