How a High Tech Heist GAVE CHINA F-35 'DNA' for Its J-20 Stealth Fighter
How did CHINA do it? There's a reason for this: In 2007, Lockheed Martin dealt with something of a cyber Ocean's 11 when Chinese hackers stole technical documents related to the development of the F-35
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July 30, 2019 - for https://nationalinterest.org
- There's a reason for this: In 2007, Lockheed Martin dealt with something of a cyber Ocean's 11 when Chinese hackers stole technical documents related to the development of the F-35
Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57's electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20's Systems are relatively minor.
On August 1st of last year, China celebrated the founding of the People's Liberation Army by allowing some high-resolution photos of the next-generation J-20 stealth fighter to leak, complete with a tasteful photoshopped-on patriotic dragon painting just below the canopy which just screams "Happy Birthday, PLA."
The new photos of the J-20 provide an up close and personal look at the fuselage of the new interceptor. But the photos also appear to show a sensor system that looks awfully similar to the Lockheed Martin Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) on the front of the F-35 Lighting II.