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China missiles' success to boost image

2013-03-14 18:48

Beijing - Chinese-made missiles have been used to shoot down two Syrian army helicopters, state media reported on Thursday, adding their performance could boost the international sales appeal of Chinese weapons.

The Global Times, a tabloid with close links to the ruling Communist Party, said a pair of videos posted on the Internet by Free Syrian Army rebels showed two Mi-8/17 helicopters being shot down by Chinese shoulder-launched missiles.

The paper said it was not known how the rebels, who have been fighting to topple the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad for the past two years, obtained the missiles.

But it said the success of the FN-6 weapons, which it said were developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, could lift the overall image of China's defence products.

"In regards to export prospects, Chinese weapons need to engage in more conflicts to prove their value," Daniel Tong, identified as the founder of the Chinese Military Aviation website, told the newspaper.

"The kills are proof that the FN-6 is reliable and user-friendly, because rebel fighters are generally not well-trained in operating missile systems," he added.

Chinese weapons have not been tested in battle to the same extent as those built by the United States and Russia, and publicity surrounding the shoot downs will raise the profile of China's air defence products, the paper cited him as saying.

But he lamented the loss of life in the conflict and said: "Any bloodshed is regrettable."

The Global Times said Chinese missiles have shot down targets in several other conflicts, though it added the Syrian conflict is the first time such a success has been recorded on video.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation refused to comment on the report when contacted by AFP. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing that she had not seen it.

China and Russia, both members of the UN Security Council, have joined together to block resolutions that would have introduced sanctions against Assad's regime.

At a press conference on Saturday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said only "dialogue and negotiations" could end the Syrian war and that China was "distressed and concerned" over the "bleeding and suffering" of Syria's people.

Comments
  • Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-14 19:25

    . FANTASTIC !!!!! If the USA and Europe don't want to supply the Syrian opposition with missiles, than Chinese made ones, are more than welcome!! It is the ONLY way to defeat these assad TERORISTS The slimy Chinese are repeating what they did in Lybia; While the war is still in full swing, they are already dealing with the evental victors; -------------------------The OPPOSITION !!!!!!---------------- .

      Jo - 2013-03-14 21:12

      I just hope they don't try shooting down civilian airliners. It's a volatile situation, hope the weapons stay out of the hands of the Islamist crazies.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-14 21:29

      Jo, You are right, it is volatile situation, and hopefully some terrorist group don't get hold of these missiles. ( that is the reason the US and Europe, have not been supplying weapons to the opposition ) But what is the most INSANE part of all of this: JUST ONE PERSON, JUST ONE THUG, HAS TO GET OUT OF SYRIA, and within HOURS the killings and destruction of Syria will STOP!! ---------------------------JUST ONE PERSON!!!!!!!!----------------------------- THAT'S how CRAZY it is !!! ONLY in a dictatorship, where there is NO accountability can this happen !!!!! .

  • prometheus.bound.12 - 2013-03-14 19:29

    "In regards to export prospects, Chinese weapons need to engage in more conflicts to prove their value," Daniel Tong, identified as the founder of the Chinese Military Aviation website, told the newspaper. ========================= This world has become very, very sick.

      sterling.ferguson.397 - 2013-03-14 20:29

      This is old technology, Russia and the US have this forty years ago.

  • Philip Gerrit Lerm - 2013-03-15 08:12

    Where war is present, there is money to be made.. Sad but true..

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-15 08:24

    "The paper said it was not known how the rebels, who have been fighting to topple the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad for the past two years, obtained the missiles." Croatia, and the Gulf democratic monarchies. A Croatian Newspaper has claimed that 75 planes loaded with 3000 tonnes of arms intended for the Syrian rebels flew out from Zagreb between November and February. This includes arms from a number of European countries, not just Croatia. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=hr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jutarnji.hr%2Fu-4-mjeseca-za-siriju-s--plesa--otislo-75-aviona-sa-3000-t-oruzja%2F1089573%2F Specifically, U.S. officials have hired partners - Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey in the operation of arming Syrian regime opponents. The United States organised a collection of weapons, Saudi Arabia has paid, and Jordan and Turkey are transporting weapons that are then transferred to the Jordanian territory to Syria.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-15 18:42

      , And the 'home made' ones ??? Also 'smuggled' in ???????????

      Joe Bizzah - 2013-03-17 09:48

      U must be a barbarian

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