Did China Rip Off the Apache Helicopter?
With fully integrated avionics, weapons, and communications systems, the AH-64D
The trio of images first appeared on China Defense Blog but don't explain much. The big question is how-assuming the vehicle pictured isn't just a full-size movie prop or something-the PLA got a hold of the aircraft in the first place. They're certainly not on the approved list of export countries. But as David Cenciotti of The Aviationist points out, "It could be one of the U.S. Army Apaches downed or crash landed in Iraq, that was later fixed and exported in China."
But if even if that is the case, it still doesn't explain why China's