The fifth-generation Chinese fighters have a serious engine problem
BEIJING, (BM) – Despite the fact that in China they constantly declare the perfection of their fifth generation fighter J-20, it has serious problems. It’s about its engines, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Glas.
Chinese media recently wrote that these aircraft are equipped with Chinese-made engines. At the same time, slogans were voiced about great success in the field of aircraft engine manufacturing. But the reality is completely different.
We are talking about new modifications to the WS-15 units. The local media said that their afterburner traction is 18 tons. Based on this, many experts spoke about the superiority of the J-20 over the American F-22.
As it turned out later, the afterburner thrust of the engines is 14.9 tons and consumes a lot of fuel. At its expense, the units are superior to the Russian AL-31F engines which are installed on the first J-20 series by 27%. In afterburner, the WS-15s require another 10 percent more fuel.
Due to this drawback, the range of the fifth generation Chinese fighter is significantly reduced. This can be solved by increasing the “on-board” fuel reserves, but this will reduce the payload and maneuverability.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that before two years ago the Air Force of China announced that the homemade J-20 stealth fighter has participated in sea training for the first time.
According to the stated by the spokesman of the Air Force, Senior Col. Shen Jinke, the training simulated “actual war conditions” and he commented that as a “further upgrade of the Air Force’s combat capabilities.”
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