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Friday, January 22, 2016

Chinese Military Officers Implicated in Theft of F-35 Designs

Two members of the Chinese military have been implicated in the theft of plans for the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter and other aircraft, court documents revealed this week.

The documents, obtained from a Vancouver court by Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, show that two unnamed co-conspirators worked with Su Bin, a 50-year-old Chinese aviation industry entrepreneur living in Canada, to steal the plans in 2013.

According to the documents, Su directed the hackers to the American aviation engineers he believed would hold the most value. They then targeted their email accounts, and after breaking in, used the accounts as leverage to access corporate networks for information on designs for the F-35 and F-22 Raptor, both by Lockheed, and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III designs. Throughout the process, they conferred with Su as to what information they should seize. Besides Boeing and Lockheed, Airbus was also targeted.

Plans for the B-2 stealth bomber and the Space Based Laser were stolen the same year, in addition to information from the systems that operate nuclear submarines and anti-aircraft missiles.

One of the co-conspirators was identified through an intercepted messages that contained "Chinese military identification showing his photograph, name, rank, military unit, and year and month of birth."

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Anonymous said...

We need to bring back executions of spies.....

Remember the Rosenbergs!

Anonymous said...

That's OK. The military has said that it was a piece of crap to begin with.

Anonymous said...

This is a rampant problem. Our universities are full of foreign students that are frequently working for their respective governments and gaining access to sensitive technologies.

You should see all the Chinese students at Miami U. (Ohio) and other schools with good engineering and IT programs. They must have half the Chinese army enrolled there. And they're welcomed with open arms because they pay FULL TUITION RATE$.

Anonymous said...

Yeah a POS that has lined the pockets of 'above the law' thieves with many millions [$50million a pop] of our tax dollars.

"A Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was outperformed in the type’s first basic fighter maneuvering exercise by a 20-plus-year-old F-16 fighter, according to a leaked Lockheed Martin report prepared by the pilot who flew the mission. Inferior energy maneuverability (EM), a limited pitch rate and flying qualities that were “not intuitive or favorable” in a major part of the air-combat regime gave the F-16 the tactical advantage."
BTW, EM issues cannot be mitigated with software., they're a physics issue not a PowerPoint click.

Your 'black budget' tax dollars at work folks.