A Russian promotional computer-generated (CG) movie depicting one of their missiles striking a Chinese warship during the ongoing Zhuhai Air Show may put the exhibitors in an awkward position.
Although it is unknown if the Chinese hosts and the military personnel who were present at the stall have formally raised the issue, officials explain that it is highly unlikely given that the oversight occurred in the commercial rather than diplomatic sphere and is not likely to have an impact on Russian-Chinese relations and their military-strategic partnership.
The largest aerospace and defence expo in China, the Zhuhai Air Show, opened on November 8 and runs until November 13.
‘Gaffe‘ in Russia’s Anti-Ship Missile Video
The movie depicts a display of Rosoboronexport, a state-run arms exporter in Russia through which all Russian armaments producers sell their products abroad.
They include the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), United Shipbuilding Corporation, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod, AVTOVAZ, and Almaz-Antey (developers of missile and radar systems).
The missile is fired by the aircraft after it has travelled a given distance, striking the bridge of a warship that remarkably resembles a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type-52D destroyer.
“The missile’s mobility ensures excellent penetration of air defence and a high likelihood of death,” the video’s voiceover claims.
The movie might have been produced with Indian customers in mind, especially the Indian Navy, which was preparing for a potential conflict with the PLAN in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
A retired Indian Army Brigadier with experience coordinating with Russian arms producers during defence negotiations was interviewed by EurAsian Times.
He thinks the manufacturer, JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation, made an internal error and unintentionally used the same film intended for Indian consumers.
He claimed that either a separate video showing the sinking of a US Navy Arleigh-Burke destroyer was not made specifically for Chinese customers or the incorrect file was played at the exhibition.
Whatever the case, many online users thought it was humorous that an Indian engineer could have been responsible for the Russian error.
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