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* In the late 1980s, the Chinese attempted to develop two improved variantsof the Q-5. The first, the "Q-5M", was a collaboration with Aeritalia ofItaly and was to feature the nav-attack and countermeasures suite of theAeritalia-EMBRAER AMX light strike fighter. The second, the "Q-5K", was acollaboration with Thomson-CSF of France and featured a laser rangefinder ina chisel nose, a modernized cockpit, and a nav-attack system. The idea wasto evaluate both variants and select one for production, but following theTianemen Square massacre in 1989 an arms embargo was imposed on China, andthe Chinese had to reconsider the exercise.

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