Lets me break it down, the way I see it. Consider another portion from the very same piece.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society ... -equipment
Britain to sell China ‘unlimited’ amount of military radar equipment, technology
Outsiders view ... held by many on this very forum. Not surprising .... given their "parade" quality "leaks".
Meanwhile, David Stupples, a British professor of electronic and radio systems at City, University of London, whose research focuses on electronic intelligence and warfare, said he had been invited to lecture at the technical institute associated with intelligence services in China.
“China has made tremendous progress in radar design over the past 10 years and must be considered in the [world’s] top 10,” he said.
In space-based radar systems, for instance, China has shown “expertise and ingenuity”, but for maritime and airborne applications, “the UK is marginally ahead”, Stupples said.
Britain was also ahead on designing complete intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, although the Chinese military’s “individual components are first rate”, he said.
Cao Yunhe, an award-winning military radar scientist at Xidian University in Xian, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi province, said the export licence was good news for China’s military strength and radar research.
“If they are willing to sell we are willing to buy,” he said. “We want to know how their systems operate. It will help us improve our own design,” he said.
However, it was unlikely the technology and equipment being sold by Britain would be its most advanced.
“There will always be some restrictions. If not on quantity, then on quality,” he said.
Wang Tong, who is also from Xidian University and works on radar systems for China’s military aircraft and satellites, said the exchanges between Chinese and British experts would not go “too deep”.
“Sharing information about models and specifications is strictly prohibited. I believe both sides are fully aware of the consequences,” Wang said.
“Most of the time people are just talking about physics, mathematical models and new theories.”
1. China has spent hundreds of billions on its military programs so extending that to Radar development would not be too far fetched.
2. Chinese have access to Russian/Ukranian, etc maal/talent.
3. Chinese have access to dis-assemble, study, copy every western item supplied to Bakistan including all kinds of Radars.
4. China has a robust system for stealing technology running for decades.
In spite of all of the above, by their own admission they are not getting top of the line equipment under this deal. They are now trying to buy equipment that are
not top of the line.
Why would someone spend money on "Not top of the line"? Only when their own products are
at least 2 notches below "top of the line".
Now compare that to Indian Radar development. We too import but we also have been co-developing "not top of the line" equipment for quite some time now. We seem to have mastered at least quite a few "not top of the line" equipment especially in the Radar area.
It is very rare, especially wrt China, to get a data point like this where the Chinese are revealing a lot about their progress in some area by their action. This obviously is me trying to put 2 and 2 together and *reach* for 22. Very re-assuring to me if my reading is even in the ball park.