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New Chinese Bomber

China has a new baby bomber but sad to say... it's a bastard child.

The Xian FBC-1 was publicly displayed for the first time during Air Show China '98 in Zhuhai. Although the Communist party has declared the FBC-1 to be the first true all-Chinese modern bomber - it is true they had a little help in the conception of their bomber from friends in the west.

The FBC-1 is a twin engine, swept-wing, super-sonic two seat, all weather attack bomber, equipped with American GPS bombing - navigation and powered by licensed copies of the British Rolls Royce Spey engine. The all weather FBC-1 GPS bombing system will eventually be upgraded with Chinese made Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an infra-red night vision pod.

Chinese engineers bragged that the FBC-1 was designed with CAD (computer aided design) techniques on U.S. built super computers. The computers were provided through the China Flight Test Establishment at Xian University.

The aircraft that flew past the airshow is similar in design to the Anglo-French Jaguar attack jet. The FBC-1 displayed was obviously repainted from Chinese Navy camouflage to the brighter colors of China's Test Flight Establishment.

Some western analysts speculated the FBC-1 will be equipped with a Chinese copy of the Russian, supersonic anti-ship, Zvezda Kh-31 missile and fielded against U.S. carrier task forces. However, NATO observers at the air show noted the Russian Kh-31 is made of titanium and unlikely to be copied by the Chinese. According to NATO, the FBC-1 will be equipped as a costal bomber and armed with the Chinese made C.802 cruise missile to deal with surface ships.

The bomber/missile combination is likely to be marketed as a package to foreign buyers. The FBC-1 is expected to be exported to North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. Iran is viewed as the first likely customer. Iran has already purchased large numbers of C.802 cruise missiles and must replace aging U.S. made F-4 Phantom jets that are the bulk of the IAF anti-ship units.

There are no current export customers for the FBC-1 but the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has an order for up to 72 bombers, designated the FH-7, or "HONG" - 7, using a Maoist slogan for domestic tradition.

Softwar uncovered super computer exports were approved by the Commerce Department to China's Xian University as late as January, 1998. China has refused to allow U.S. inspection before or after High Performance computer sales in violation of a joint Sino-U.S. treaty. The GAO testified in September, 1998 that the Commerce Department allowed super-computer sales without completing an evaluation of the military effect, including bomber and missile design.

In addition, Loral Defense President Jerald Lindfelt wrote Ron Brown in March of 1996 requesting the Commerce Secretary for permission to export an advanced Syntheic Aperture Radar (SAR). Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz donated over a million dollars to the DNC and is alleged to have exported military technology to China through the Brown controlled Commerce Department.

According to Lindfelt's letter to Brown, Loral had "worked hard trying to resolve these problems with the Department of State, the Department of Commerce and the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), but someone in these organizations always manage to block our participation... Could you help us by identifying someone in the Commerce Department high enough in the organization to help us resolve these issues and open this marketplace to our participation."

Of course, there is only one person who can (and did) over-ride State, Defense and Commerce objections on a SAR export to China. President Bill Clinton.

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