China denied published reports it will sell two squadrons J-10 fighter jets to Iran. The aircraft are based on Russian and Israeli technology and components provided to China by Israel. The 24 jets would have cost an estimated $1 billion. Reports in Russian and Israeli media said Iran had signed a deal with China.
Israel sold to China its technology for Lavi fighter jets. J-10 has been in development since the late 1980s, utilizing Russian technology. The Chinese used the Lavi design and components to vastly improve the final version of J-10.