Stealth fighter soon powered by local engines

The J-20 stealth fighter at an air show in Zhuhai last November. Photo: Xinhua

By Zhao Lei ( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-03-13 07:33:24

A domestically developed engine will soon power the nation’s latest stealth fighter jet, according to a senior scientist working for Aero Engine Corp of China.

“It will not take a long time for our fifth-generation combat plane to have China-made engines,” said Chen Xiangbao, vice-president of the AECC Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials. Chen, also a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was referring to the J-20 stealth fighter.

“The engine’s development is proceeding well. We also have begun to design a next-generation aviation engine with a thrust-to-weight ratio that is much higher than that of current types,” he said. Thrust-to-weight ratio is considered the top indicator of an aviation engine’s capability.

Source: China Daily “Stealth fighter soon powered by local engines”


4 Comments on “Stealth fighter soon powered by local engines”

  1. Joe says:

    Will J-20 then be able to supercruise?


    • Joseph says:

      Unlike the F-35, the J-20 has a big fuel tank to support supercruise. Unlike the F-35 that uses single F-16 engine on heavily strapped composite body, the J-20 has two powerful AL-31 engines on its weakest experimental variant. The question should be, even if the F-35 can supercruise, can it keep up with J-20 supercruise?


      • Skull Island says:

        The J-20 is a big heavy airplane. Can those two Russian engines push the J-20 long enough sustain supercruising? And the F-35 does not use F-16 engines! F-35 uses Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system which is far advanced over the F-16’s F100 engine


  2. Steve says:

    Excellent news for China’s aviation industry. J-20 should reach it’s full potential 2017.