A U.S. Apache attack helicopter appears in China. Did they clone it?

Oct 14 2013 - 74 Comments

Images have surfaced on the Chinese Internet of what seems to be an actual AH-64D Apache or a real-size copy of the world’s most famous attack chopper.

The helicopter, on a truck, seems to be in the process of being moved even if it is at least strange that it is not hidden below a protective covering, as happened for other mysterious choppers spotted on the move in China.

It’s not easy to guess how Beijing put their hands on the helicopter. It could be one of the U.S. Army Apaches downed or crash landed in Iraq, that was later fixed and exported in China.

A famous episode is the one of the AH-64 shot down intact during the 2003 attack on Karbala, during which the two US pilots were captured and shown on television along with the helicopter: still, Pentagon later stated the Apache had been destroyed with an airstrike the day following the capture.

Or, it may be a perfect copy of the Boeing AH-64: China has already shown its ability to create clones of the American most advanced weapons systems.

Image via Chinadefense blog. H/T to Ugo Crisponi for the heads-up

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  • TJ
  • Thomas in Jacksonville

    It was a gift from Obama.

  • avionics

    This news makes me laugh…man, this reporter David Cenciotti should know better what is a model in the museum for kids and a real weapon, I am surprised at how unprofessional The Aviationist is for posting such article. Do you really think everyone is stupid and easily fooled? I am happy to see many earlier comments prove not the case

  • Nikki Santoro

    Freaking Israelis always selling US stuff to the Chinese.

  • given…Bill Clinton gave China so much stuff..he should be executed for high treason

  • richard

    We way underestimate the Chinese? They excel at our top universities.. Built the worlds fastest supercomputer.. They are recruited to work in our defense department. Top expert at miniaturizing atomic bombs for the USA was Chinese. Where is he now? Back in China.. They would neutralize our Pacific Fleet from space. Yes we can do them some damage as well and crash our economy at the same time. I think we should stick to picking on Middle Eastern countries…

    • CC

      I do not think we will have the option. China wants Pacific and global dominance and we can hardly allow it.

  • Disgruntled Stormtrooper

    Oh look, another arrogant, pointless article based on factless hypotheses aimed to poke fun at those quirky chinese so Americans can feel just a bit more self assured when its federal government cant even afford to issue biweekly paychecks. Look, the chinese military already has a full size attack helicopter called the z-10 co-developed with Russia’s kamov design bureau, google it up if you don’t know, or go play battlefield 4, where it’s featured. This apache is nothing more than a full sized prop or wooden model for some museum or science center. Btw, talking about imitation, US was the king of reverse engineering captured (aka stolen) nazi military tech post ww2…the jet engine, v2, mp44 rifle, tiger tank, you name them…but of course kids trolling the internet these days are too young to even know what ww2 is…”hmm…is that the sequel to Brad Pitt’s world war z?” SMH

  • TJ

    This is the delivery of the replica AH-64 to the Expo Park in Zhenhai. I had a look on Google Earth and matched up images taken by tourists. In the images showing the trailer you can see part of the historical building on the right hand side. See following


    Hopefully the link worked but also see following links.



    Blow up from panoramio image.



    Link to images of the Expo Park under construction. You can zoom into the images.



    Images of the replica Apache at the Expo Park



  • Deino

    As far as I understand this “model” it is simply an Apache full sized model to be placed at a “National Defense Education Base” in Ningbo.


  • a0199755

    It’s just a movie set in Transformer 4 1/2. Michael Bay approves.

  • Hank

    Its a prop for a amusement part/museum in Ningbo.
    See below for the link to the park, the entrance fee is 80 CNY


    Besides the Chinese have very little reason to clone an Apache anyways. They already have their own domestic attack helicopter and it doesn’t make much sense to start cloning Apache’s now just for small incremental improvement.

  • Bill

    We sell Apaches to Singapore and train their pilots in America. Somehow one made it over to the mainland?

  • lal

    It is just a decoration in Zhen Haikou Coastal Defense History Memorial Hall

  • Myrtle Linder

    We are arming the entire world against, ourselves, by supplying them with war machinery. It is time to turn to GOD, HE is all the protection that we have, all the protection that we need. When we leave this earth there are two destinations, heaven or hell, which will we choose?


    Is it an older Volvo FH 16 or a similar copied truck