Aircraft engines are the bottleneck in China’s development of advanced aircrafts. So far it has to import engines from Russia for its third-generation J-10 and J-11 fighter jets. It is now using Russian engines in the prototypes of its fourth-generation stealth fighter jets J-20 and J-31.
There has been report that China wants its J-20 to grab air supremacy from US F-22, but it has no engine for J-20. The engine it uses in J-20 is not satisfactory and a better engine is so far not available; therefore, China has allocated $16 billion for the research and development of aircraft engines. With such huge fund, there seems to be hope now.
Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report on China’s development of aircraft engines that AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) Turbine Institute has been developing China’s aircraft engines for 50 years. It has successfully developed a core prototype by the…
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