For anyone who has dealt with an International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) headache, you may wish to avert your eyes. Seriously.
Apparently, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force decided to rip off the P-8 Poseidon before it’s even operational (think Soviet Space Shuttle) with this beautiful “new” surveillance aircraft, which is built on a… wait for it… Boeing 737-300 airframe! (Read the complete story here.)
Since the production line for the -300 series ended a long time ago, there isn’t likely anything that can be done about it from an enforcement standpoint, but still. How bad does this look? (Hint: Pretty Bad.) No wonder the Chinese looked at picking up the Hummer badge from GM last year. The People’s Liberation Army must have been shopping for a new ride.
Big props to Stephen Trimble over at The DEW Line for picking this up.