Interview with VoA

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19 August 2011

​Russian and Chinese 'fifth generation' fighters

​Voice of America called me yesterday for a comment on the Reuters article about a possible use of Russian technology in the Chinese 'fifth generation' J-20 fighter. I find it implausibe that MiG would sell their Project 1.44 just because Suhoi was chosen as the producer of the T-50 fighter. My suspicion is that the leak to Reuters originated in Rosoboronexport, the monopolist on exporting arms from Russia, which has recently received bad publicity for taking a thick cut on the contract for delivering Russian helicopters to Afghanistan, and is increasingly elbowed by producers who want to have direct access to external markets.

The article is here (http://www.voanews.com/russian/news/Russia-secrets-China-2011-08-18-128037583.html). 

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