Friday, March 14, 2014

Stolen F-35 Secrets Showing Up In China’s Stealth Fighter

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian West watches an Air Force F-35 Lightning II joist strike fighter aircraft approach for the first time July 14, 2011, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Top Gun Takeover: Stolen F-35 Secrets Showing Up In China’s Stealth Fighter -- Washington Times/Washington Free Beacon

Design data on F-35 stolen in 2007
A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.

The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry.

Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC).

Read more ....

Update #1: New Chinese stealth jet built with stolen F-35 component designs -- RT
Update #2: Officials: Chinese Spying Helped Develop Stealth Jet -- Newsmax
Update #3: Chinese Stealth Fighter Operating With Stolen U.S. Technology -- The Blaze

My Comment: It makes you wonder if other secrets were stolen .... and if that is the case .... what was taken. I guess we will know in a decade or two. Ooopppsss .... I was a bit premature. The Pentagon actually knows what other weapon systems were stolen.

1 comment:

James said...

Of course other things were taken. If anything you must assume they got everything. What's more important to us is what did we let them steal on purpose? I'm sure they have to wonder about that themselves.