Iran is to buy Chinese military planes built with Israeli technology, Novosti reports. According to the Russian news agency Tehran signed a deal with Beijing to buy two squadrons of J-10 fighter planes. The 24 aircrafts are based on technology and components provided to China by Israel following the cancellation of the Lavi project in the mid-1980s. The engines of the J-10 are Russian-made. The total cost of the planes is estimated at US$ 1 billion, and delivery is expected between 2008 and 2010.
The estimated operational range of the aircraft, with external fuel tanks, is 3,000 kilometres, which means Israel falls within their range of operation.