Friday, May 27, 2005

Chinese Governmant starts to Privatizes some of its Arms Industry

China Opens Some Weapons Production to Businesses

China on May 27 issued regulations granting permission for private and foreign-funded enterprises to produce certain categories of weaponry in China, state press said.

According to new regulations issued by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, private and foreign-funded enterprises would be allowed to produce weapons considered “sub-systems and special auxiliary products,” the Xinhua news agency said.

However, the production and development of weapons considered to be made up of core technologies and equipment would remain tightly controlled by the state, Xinhua said.

“It means if they meet certain standards, including technological level and financial strength, private and foreign-funded companies face no policy barriers” to entering business in the first category, Liu Dongkui, a commission director, was quoted as saying.

Liu said the classification system would help to standardize the weapons development and production industry, promote moderate and orderly competition and improve the level of the national defense industry.

He said the commission would issue about 300 weapons development and production licenses in the second half of this year.

A few private businesses were among the candidates to be considered.

“But there’s no fixed link between a license and production orders. Obtaining a license does not guarantee a company production orders,” said Liu.

The regulations would take effect on June 15, the commission said.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Norinco 9mm high-power armor-piercing Parabellum

The new Norinco 9mm high-power armor-piercing Parabellum round from the recent Beijing Police Equipment Expo. If anyone has any spec on this black-tipped ammo, please let me know. --- Timothy Yan

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The 4th FC-1/JF-17 prototype will have DSI Intake

The 4th FC-1/JF-17 prototype will have DSI or Diverterless Supersonic Inlet intakes. Comparing to the conventional intake designs, the major advantage of DSI is it reduces complexity, weight and cost while adding steath to the aircraft. The Chengdu Aircraft Company, the developer of FC-1 and J-10 multi-role fighters, had been researching DSI technology since earily 2001. --- Timothy Yan

Monday, May 16, 2005

Picture of the new Chinese Body Armor Vest

Continue coverage of the Beijing Police Equipment Expo. This is the body armor vest that the new Iraqi government ordered 20,000 recently. The displayed vest is even in desert cammo patten. Also notice a very sizable ballistic plate pocket in front. The most significant improvements are the added modular mounting webbings that are covering the front and back of the vest and the adjustable straps on the shoulders and the sides. --- Timothy Yan

Saturday, May 14, 2005

New electric-powered 35mm Grenade Launcher

Continuing the coverage of the Beijing Police Equipment Expo. A new electric-powered 35mm Grenade Launcher. It's mostly made for vehicle mounted since it need electricity for its operationg. The big cyclinder at the top rear of the receiver is the electric motor. It fires low-power 35mm grenade same as the ones use in the 35mm under-barrel grenade launcher for assault rifle. --- Timothy Yan

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

New 7.62mm Sniper Rifle and three new 12.7mm Anti-Material Rifles

Reports from the Beijing International Police and Anti-Terrorism Equipment Expo. --- Timothy Yan

7.62mm sniper rifle with floating match grade barrel and bolt-action operation.

AMR-2 12.7mm anti-material rifle with side-folding buttstock and bolt-action operation.

An unnamed semi-automatic 12.7 mm anti-material rifle with gas operation based on the assault rifle.

Another undesignated 12.7mm anti-material rifle with bolt-action operation and floating barrel.

Monday, May 09, 2005

The possible PLAAF JH-7 version with side-by-side seated cockpit

Picture from the latest issue of "Aviation World" magazine. IMHO, it's wasted of time and resources to redesigning an old design. --- Timothy Yan

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Interceptor vest shows up in China

Interceptor vest shows up in China. It appear to be a geniue Point Blank. Before all the neo-cons going to freak out, you have to read the lable first. This is a earily model and it's near its fiber expiration date, which typically 5 years from the date of manufacturing. The shop probably obtained it from an US military base surplus sale. The asking price is 3000 RMB or $361 USD for the old and near expired vest. Someone is getting ripoff and it's not the Americans.

Timothy Yan