China terms US helicopter allegations as 'fictitious'

US alleged United Technologies Co. sold software to China illegally, thus compromising national security.


Reuters July 26, 2012

BEIJING: China's defence ministry on Thursday labelled as "fictitious" a case in which United Technologies Co. admitted selling software in contravention of US export rules that helped Beijing develop its first modern military attack helicopter.

United Technologies said last month its two subsidiaries, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Hamilton Sundstrand Corp, agreed to pay more than $75 million to the US government to settle criminal and administrative charges related to the violations.

But the Chinese defence ministry, in the first official response, denied having anything to do with the incident, insisting its helicopter programme relied purely on indigenous know-how.

"To say that China stole US technology in the process of developing helicopter gunships is seriously out of kilter with the facts," spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

"China's development of helicopter gunships has all along been done upholding the principles of standing on ones own and independent innovation, relying on our own strength for development and production," he added.

"China's helicopter gunships and its engines are all self-developed and produced and we own all the intellectual property rights."

US federal prosecutors said United Technologies knew that its export of modified software to China would allow Beijing to test and develop its new military helicopter, called the Z-10, using 10 engines that had been legally exported as commercial items.

Prosecutors said the company harmed national security while trying to gain access to China's lucrative civilian helicopter market. United Technologies said it accepted responsibility for the violations and deeply regretted that they had occurred.

The case comes amid growing US concerns about China's military expansion and escalating electronic espionage.

Federal authorities have brought five major cases since last February, involving everything from drone technology to radiation-hardened computers used in satellite communications.

Western experts say the Z-10, first delivered to China's People's Liberation Army in 2009, is developing into one of the world's most modern and capable combat helicopters.

COMMENTS (9)

numbersnumbers | 9 years ago | Reply

@Yasser: Please note that the United States developed THE BOMB during the Second World War, not after, so now please tell us what "Nuclear Technology" the Americans "Stole" from Germany AFTER the Second World War! As for German scientists, they would all have gone the US/England rather than to the Soviet Union! @ U Please got to Wikipedia and do a search for "Avro Arrow", which turn up a very detailed history of that advanced Canadian Warplane, along a much more accurate description of the reasons for cancellation!

Ayaz Ali Jamali Crime Analyst | 9 years ago | Reply

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