China Tests Its Most Advanced Powerful Homegrown Turbofan on Il-76Posted: June 20, 2016
The above photo of an Il-76 installed with Chinese homegrown turbofans has been viral on the Internet.
It shows that China has made powerful large bypass ratio turbofan engines for its large transport aircraft including Y-20.
According to mil.eastday.com’s report on April 17, the new engines were tested on an Il-76 instead of a Y-20 China is developing. Il-76 is a very mature product with stable performance. The test data obtained from it are more reliable and can be compared with those of the Russian turbofan engines usually installed on an Il-76.
Anyway the photo indicates the great efforts China has been making in developing its homegrown powerful aircraft engines especially for its large airliners and strategic bombers. The test of the new engines on an Il-76 shows how fast China is making progress in developing its homegrown engines to enable its advanced warplanes surpass other countries’.
Source: mil.eastday.com “China has turned out its most advanced engines but why they are first installed on a Russian Il-76” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)