China’s Great Progress in Making Homegrown Aircraft EnginesPosted: December 12, 2016
SCMP says in its report “China powers up military jet engine tech to wean itself off Russian imports” today that China has made huge investment in developing homegrown aircraft engines so that it was able to make 400 WS-10 turbofans last year for its J-10 and J-11 fighters and no longer needed Russian engines for them.
As Russia is unwilling to sell China its advanced 117S engines used in its well-known Su-35 fighter jets, China will use homegrown engines in its newly developed J-11D fighter jet that SCMP regards as China’s homegrown version of the Su-35
SCMP quotes Andrei Chang, founder of the Canada-based Kanwa Defence Review, as saying that China has newly established Aeroengine Corporation of China to concentrate resources for engine development. The corporation has 24 units and about 10,000 employees. According to Chang, China regards engine production as priority, has put quite a lot of resources into engine development over the past two or three years to boost engine industry.
SCMP says “China could also be working on a more advanced engine (than WS-10).” But “A staff member from Aeroengine would not comment on its plans for the engines that would power the J-15 and the J-20 stealth jets.”
Full text of SCMP’s report can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2053741/china-powers-military-jet-engine-tech-wean-itself-russian-imports