kvs wrote:China's problem is that it has been living off the copy and paste crack for too long. Time to get in gear and solve the problems
indigenously. That will result in more competent engineers and better quality control.
But China is too busy trash talking Russian military equipment to "win" some export market to focus on the right priorities.
No amount of smear aimed at Russian equipment will obscure 2nd rate performance of Chinese knock-offs.
Its all down to the contract with the Chinese. Specify cheap and you get it, specify high quality and it can be the best in the World, like Apple/Lenovo etc etc.
They have 'got into gear' and, as an example, Huawei which has been around over 30 years and is now spending $10B+ a year on R&D, more than anyone else, anywhere, and that is copying no-one. Now they are World leaders, at the bleeding edge of networks, especially 5G, technology. OK they copied Cisco/Netgear etc at the start (nothing like a bit of open source code to help, we used it) but copy and improve is a very valid strategy when you are driven and starting from nothing. Their students, who seem to be bright, are being taught at the best places in the West and taking that background home.
In defence, when you have the manpower, sometimes simple is good and the quality is in the quantity. We have no idea what their base technological capability is but we can be sure that it is improving fast.
This is what really pisses the US off, a country that isn't one of their vassals is getting ahead and out of their control with none of their back doors. Then all the vassals have to join in the condemnations.
But, as I said at the top of the page and Garry has just seconded, this looks like a potential strategy to get a better price on more Su-35s, if Russia has the capacity to make them of course.