Chinese military equipment such as tanks, aircraft and helicopters has US/NATO standard fitments for accessories and weapons to ensure sales in the global arms market.
“We found out that many Chinese military equipment for export have adopted the US standard, and this gives Chinese products an advantage in the market. Clients from developing countries can purchase a vehicle from China as a platform, and then buy weapons from the US or other NATO countries for use on this platform," Kevin Cheng, the editor-in-chief of Taiwan-based military magazine Asia Defense Magazine was quoted as saying at the on-going Airshow 2016 in Zhuhai by Global Times Thursday.
Chinese firm, NORINCO is displaying main battle tanks such as the VT2 and VT4 and other ground equipment for special missions, including counter-terrorism, hostage rescues and VIP protection at the airshow.
Norinco held a demonstration on Thursday on VIP protection and eliminating terrorists which included four vehicles: the VN1 8x8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle (WAV), VN2C 6x6 Mine-Resistant WAV, VN4 4x4 WAV and VP11 4x4 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicle.
The Chinese arms exports are competing with those of the US and Russia, Cheng said.