China has a long way to go before it can product world-class jet engines for fighter aircraft, Chen Xiangbao, vice-president of the AECC Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials has been quoted as saying.
"For instance, we are able to develop the two most important components in an advanced engine — the single crystal superalloy turbine blades and powder metallurgy superalloy turbine disks — but in mass production, the products' quality is not very satisfactory," he said. It is a matter of time and persistence to make reliable engines, he was quoted as saying by state-owned Chinamil website.
However, referring to engine of the J-20 stealth fighter he said, “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.
The People's Liberation Army Air Force recently confirmed that the J-20 has been put into active service. Aviation industry observers said the plane is still equipped with Russian-made engines due to the lack of a suitable domestically developed engine.
China recently received Russian Su-35 jets which industry observers believe was intended to help Beijing acquire advanced fighter aircraft engine technology. This opinion is buttressed by the fact that there is no news of the aircraft being inducted into active service of the PLA Air Force.
Chinas new generation stealth fighter jet J-20 has been commissioned into the countrys Air Force. Video footage from CCTV Channel 7 on Friday night showed J-20 fighters beiing operationalized into the PLA air force with Y-20 transport planes and H-6K bombers
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) has set to develop military drones that can evade radar and anti-aircraft weapons. “The company is aiming to develop a long-endurance stealth drone and a near-space drone,” said Wei Yiyin, CASIC deputy general manager and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee
China has planned to develop a new generation of rockets that can be released into space from airplanes to replace dysfunctional satellites. The rockets will be designed so that they could carry 200 kg and can rapidly replace dysfunctional satellites,
China has declassified more than 3000 national defense patents with 2346 of them released to public to promote civilian use. The patents by the National Defense Intellectual Property Office of the Equipment Development Department of Chinas Central Military Commission (CMC) were published on the PLA Weapon Equipment Acquisition Information Network (PLA-WEAIN),
China is developing hypersonic weapons that can pierce the missile defense system in Japan and China's Taiwan, as well as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that is planned to be deployed in Republic of Korea (ROK). The development is aimed at piercing the missile defense shields of Japan and its East Asian neighbors,
China is planning to equip J-20 stealth fighter jets with home-made engines that incorporate Powder Metallurgy superalloy turbine disks. China intends to replace the current Russia-produced Saturn AL-31F engines between 2018 and 2019,
China is reportedly considering building ballistic, cruise, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles with Pakistan, China's state-run media reported Thursday. The "all-weather" strategic partnership will further be enhanced as both the countries will also jointly mass produce FC-1 Xiaolong, a lightweight and multi-role combat aircraft, reported Global Times
China has installed oxygen production and supply plant for troops stationed in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and Pamir plateau regions. Under this project, People's Liberation Army has equipped about 800-plus troop units with 165 oxygen generation stations, eight hyperbaric oxygen chambers, 12 plateau oxygen trucks, 4,807 small oxygen generators and 6,830 oxygen cylinders,
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