China Focuses on Accessing Export Controlled U.S. Military Technologies


Published Date : Jun 23, 2016

In China, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force receives its supply of military helicopters and planes including the fifth generation FC-31 stealth fighter, J-20 stealth fighter, and attack drones, largely from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. Back in 2007, hackers in China stole information about the U.S. F-35 fighter and the AVIC implemented the technology in the manufacturing of FC-31. To compete with the U.S. military and commercial aviation, AVIC is focussing on building its general aviation capabilities. The organization is focusing on competing for the U.S. military contracts. The organization is also selling aviation parts to the U.S. for use in the military aviation sector of the country.

AVIC Stresses on Building General Aviation Capabilities

In an effort to build its general aviation capabilities, AVIC has started a campaign worldwide to obtain technology through the acquisition of small and medium-sized companies in the aviation sector. It is already on the verge of closing an acquisition deal with the U.K.-based AIM Altitude that specializes in military and aerospace composites. The acquisition of this firm will be particularly helpful for AVIC to build its drone and stealth technologies. The organization also produces civilian aircrafts. However, the civil aviation technology they are seeking will be helpful for the manufacturing of military aircrafts as well. In the past 20 years, AVIC has acquired about six international companies in the aerospace sector. 

However, some of the U.S. aerospace companies acquired by AVIC have technologies that are export-controlled. For such companies, the U.S. law strictly prohibits the transfer of technology to foreign firms. However, there are easy means for foreign firms to access the export-controlled technologies in the U.S. A cyber attack is one of the common ways to get access to these technologies.