Six Chinese-Built K-8 Aircraft Undergoing Flight Testing
China has delivered six K-8 training and light attack jets to
Venezuela it says are for defense and drug interdiction. Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez (pictured) has order a total of 18 of
Chavez turned to China when a deal to buy similar aircraft from
Embraer fell through because they include systems developed by the
U.S. Reuters reports that the jets will primarily be used to
intercept drug traffickers who make stops in Venezuela en route
between Colombia and the U.S.
Venezuela, a member of OPEC, has also purchased 10 radar systems
from China, as well as Russian fighters. The country had a fleet of
F-16's, but can no longer keep them flying because of a U.S.
embargo which has been in place since 2006.