November 03, 2014 09:52
Korea has bowed to U.S. pressure and canceled a performance by the Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team at an air show in China.
The performance was to have been part of expanded military exchanges with China, but Washington claimed it risked exposing classified technology.
"The government decided not to send the Black Eagles to the international air show" that opens in Zhuhai on Nov. 11, a government source said Sunday. "The reason is that the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations ban the exports of weapons involving U.S. technology and software to, and their demonstration in, an enemy state."
The Black Eagles were to fly T-50 supersonic trainer jets developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with technological support from Lockheed Martin. This obliges Korea to seek U.S. approval to export or fly the aircraft into "hostile" territories.
Critics earlier pointed out that a technology leak at an aerobatic performance is unlikely while China is not a clearly designated "enemy state."
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