The Chinese fifth-generation J-20 fighter could be powered by new Russian engine
BEIJING, (BM) – China is interested in acquiring a batch of Product 30 aircraft engines, which are being developed specifically for the Su-57 fighter, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Chinese journalists report.
The latest Su-57 is the most advanced Russian fighter, whose strengths include its excellent maneuverability. At the moment, AL-41F1 power units are used on these aircraft, but in the future they will be replaced by completely new engines, known in the media under the code name Product 30. China wants to have this unique motor at its disposal, Moscow will receive an offer to purchase it right after the start of its mass production.
“While maintaining high performance and traction Product 30 boasts low fuel consumption, this parameter is 30% lower than that of its predecessors,” noted Sohu authors.
However, not only its low fuel consumption attracts the new Russian engine of the Chinese military. The nozzle of the power unit can be deflected at a sufficiently large angle, which allows for impressive maneuverability for the aircraft. During air combat, this factor can be crucial.
Beijing intends to install these engines on J-20 fighters, which are currently equipped with other engines from the Russian Federation – AL-31FN. China will make every effort to agree with the Russian Federation on the supply of Product 30, an extremely tempting offer will be made to Moscow.
“China is far behind Russia in engine building, a universally recognized fact. The introduction of foreign engines is the most optimal step for China in this situation,” the experts concluded.
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