A six-year U.S. probe found that Pratt & Whitney, a key military hardware supplier to the U.S., sold China the software and engines needed to make
its first-ever modern attack helicopter.
The Canadian arm of the aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney closed a six-year U.S. government probe last week by admitting that it helped
China produce its first modern attack helicopter, a serious violation of U.S. export laws that drew a multimillion dollar fine. At the same time it
was helping China, the company was separately earning huge fees from contracts with the Pentagon, including some in which it was building weapons
meant to ensure that America can maintain decisive military superiority over China's rising military might. The Chinese helicopter that benefited
from Pratt's engines and related computer software, now in production, comes outfitted with 30 mm cannons, anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air
missiles and unguided rockets. "This case is a clear example of how the illegal export of sensitive technology reduces the advantages our military
currently possesses," Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said in a statement released on June 28.
I don't know how we are supposed to maintain superiority over these countries if we keep selling our military technology all for the sake of a quick
profit. They are screwing us in the long run..
"here, lets give china, a country on the opposite end of tensions between the US and other communist countries, the capability to build advanced
attack helicopters. They can't possibly use them against us and we get monies for it!"