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

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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5 Comments

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

    http://www.51766.com/menpiao/7012614.html

    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.

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

  3. 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?

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