China stole plans for a new fighter plane, spy documents have revealed

German magazine Der Spiegel has published new disclosures of signals intelligence collected by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its “Five Eyes” partners, including the Australian Signals Directorate. The intelligence reveals new details of the directorate’s efforts to track and combat Chinese cyber-espionage.

According to a top secret NSA presentation, Chinese cyber spies have stolen huge volumes of sensitive military information, including “many terabytes of data” relating to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) – also known as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

The leaked document shows that stolen design information included details of the JSF’s radar systems which are used to identify and track targets; detailed engine schematics; methods for cooling exhaust gases; and “aft deck heating contour maps”.

Although it has been previously alleged the F-35 has been a target of Chinese cyber-espionage, the Snowden documents provide the first public confirmation of how much the highly sensitive data has been compromised.

Military aviation experts have speculated that the design of China’s new “fifth-generation” fighters – the Chengdu J-20 and the Shenyang J-31 – have been extensively influenced by design information stolen from the United States, significantly eroding the air power superiority the US and its allies have long enjoyed.

Full article: China stole plans for a new fighter plane, spy documents have revealed (Sydney Morning Herald)

One response to “China stole plans for a new fighter plane, spy documents have revealed

  1. As the Western Allies say, competition is good, we are happy the Chinese have caught up with its competitors, over all it all becomes a game of no winners but all are losers except the 1% financial elite, meaning the 99% pay for the folly of this dysfunctional elite, it is not to a achievement to belong to either group, it is hard to say if one had the choice which group to belong to, The 1% would be the greater deluded group than the 99%, as I would hope to be part of the enlightened, whereas in the 1%, the concern over the money would distract the mind to have no other possibility.