Russia may sue China over copying Sukhoi Su-27SK fighters

Russia has threatened to sue China for copying its Sukhoi Su-27SK fighters and its pirate production for export to Pakistan and other Third World countries at much cheaper prices, according to a media report.

Russia may sue China over copying Sukhoi Su-27SK fighters
"Russia has officially notified China that the production of J11 (fighters), a copy of Russian Su-27SK, is the violation of inter-governmental agreements. Moscow has vowed to launch legal procedures for the protection of its intellectual property," leading daily 'Nezavisimaya Gazeta' reported.

Under the 1996 agreement, China had the right to assemble 200 Su-27SK fighters under the local brand J11.

However, after receiving 95 kits and 180 AL31F engines Beijing in November 2004 notified Moscow that it no more needs Russian kits for the assembly of Su-27 fighters, saying that combat capabilities of the fighter were very limited and further action would be taken after analysis of production experience by Chinese experts, the daily disclosed.

"It seems the analysis was successful, as in the beginning of 2007 China unveiled its 'development'— J11B fighter, suspiciously reminding of Su-27," it reported.

The daily said that although China suspended the contract on the supply of kits, it continued the import of engines as from the very beginning Moscow had refused to give assembly licence, 'even for a lot of money'.

Agencies

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