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- Feb 11, 2007
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An Italy-based defense firm that has supplied small drones to the country’s special forces was quietly and illegally purchased by Chinese state companies, Italian investigators claim.
TLDR: Alpi Aviation, manufacturer of the Strix, which is used by Italian SF, was bought for an inflated price in 2018, by a Hong Kong based front company for two Chinese state owned corporations, and didn't inform the Italian government, violating its 'Golden Power' law about foreign ownership of defence companies. It's also alleged to have illegally exported one drone to a Shanghai trade show by describing it as a "model aircraft" on the export paperwork.