ABSTRACT

There is no question in my mind that China is interested in acquiring military equipment. The Chinese are also interested in acquiring the technology and expertise that will permit them to move beyond the confines of 1950s Soviet technology, enabling them to manufacture what they refer to as "modern equipment." This is very basic. At present, however, they do not even have the metallurgical technology to make turbine blades for the Spey engines purchased from England. They realize that they have exhausted the technology that they acquired from the Soviets. There is nowhere they can go to really make small incremental improvements. To further illustrate their basic problem, the Chinese apparently had difficulties in producing the MiG-21 engine, yet they are now moving to build the Spey engine, which is ten years in advance of the MiG-21.