Originally Posted by The enlightened
People tend to use the term "copy" a bit too loosely here.
They started license-producing Su-27s in certain quantities. But then, Shenyang simply took the air frame design, and do whatever they wanted with it. This violated their contract with Sukhoi. And not only that, they aren't paying royalties to the Russians either.
You'd have to admit, the Su-27 air frame is very good. In fact, the best in my opinion. Maybe they just couldn't come up with anything better themselves.
It's simple, robust and creates minimum drag. Is there anything better? The only bad thing I could say about it is that it is too big.
I wouldn't say that those Chinese Flankers are "better" than the Russian ones. Russia is still technically more advanced than China in the military industry.
But still, their engines and avionics are quiet different from the Russian Flankers. That is the main point of the article. There are many like it.
Otherwise, Sukhoi wouldn't have been bitching about in the first place.
Originally Posted by Contract Killer
I challenge you find any recent post that indicates anti-Indianism. Criticism =/= anti.
On topic, read S-L-O-W-L-Y.