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By Vladimir Karnozov
Russia's Klimov is looking at the possibility of joining forces with Chinese industry for the joint development of next-generation engines for fighter aircraft, helicopters and unmanned air vehicles, says general director/general designer Aleksandr Vatagin. "We are ready to work together with China on advanced projects of mutual interest, and are already working on some of them."
Speaking at last week's Airshow China in Zhuhai, Vatagin said additional areas of co-operation could include the development of new turboprop and turboshaft engines, gearboxes and auxiliary power units, plus enhanced versions of the RD-93 turbofan now in production for Chengdu's FC-1 light fighter also referred to as the JF-17 and Super-7.
Pakistan's first batch of single-engined FC-1s will be delivered next year with Russian-made RD-93s, and Vatagin says Klimov is now promoting uprated and vectored thrust versions of the powerplant for "improved Super-7 series" aircraft.
Talks are under way with the Chinese National Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), which leads the FC-1 project, over the possible use of vectored thrust technology on future versions of the RD-93, says Vatagin. "We believe the JF-17 project will develop further with Klimov participation," says CATIC development director Li Pei.
CATIC says there are currently no talks with Klimov over licence production of the RD-93 in China, but Beijing is seeking ways of conducting in-country maintenance on the design. The Russian company says it is ready to hand over maintenance documentation for the powerplant.
In 1997, Klimov supplied its first RD-93 engines for FC-1 development prototypes, the first of which made its flight debut in August 2003. Four aircraft and one static test airframe are now being used for certification purposes. Pakistan joined the programme in the late 1990s and took part in the development of the export-standard FC-1.
CATIC will not disclose its orderbook for the FC-1, but says Pakistan is not the only third country being offered examples powered by Russian-made engines.
Originally posted by chinawhite
POWERPLANT - GE F404 turbofan, 48.9 kN dry or 78.7 kN with afterburner
Hardpoints - 7
Maximum Speed Mach 1.7
Service Ceiling 50,000 feet.
Maximum External Stores Load 4000kg (8818 lbs.)
Combat radius - ??
Main armament - R-77
Has three 5"x5" color MFD
Russian plant to modernise engine for Chinese fighter planes
13.11.2006, 22.29 ST. PETERSBURG, November 13 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia's St. Petersbur
aircraft engine plant will modernise the RD-93 turbojet engine for
the light Chinese FC-1 fighter plane Super-7.
This will increase the plane's thrust by almost 10 percent. A thrust
vectoring nozzle will add manoeuvrability to the plane.
A relevant contract is expected to be signed in November or December
2006, plant director general Alexander Vatagin told a press
conference on Monday.
The plant is currently fulfilling orders under a contract signed in
2005 by Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport and China for the
supply of 100 RD-93 engines for the FC-1 Super 7 fighter planes, as
well space parts for them for total sum of 267 million U.S. dollars.
Originally posted by chinawhite
Nothing yet but now the Klimov company is actually acknowledging the engine will go to pakistan
Russia has blocked the sale of Chinese fighter planes with Russian engines to Pakistan.
"We've denied China the right to supply its JF-17 fighter aircraft powered by Russian RD-93 engines to third countries, asking it to sign an end-user certificate for the engines," said Colonel-General Anatoly Mazurkevich, head of the Defence Ministry's International Cooperation Department.
USAF pilot gives the JF-17 simulator a shot.
Some google translation of the highlights.
"Fierce Dragon" fighter training simulator in Russia show everyone eager to become the focus of an American pilot carries it with the F-16 for comparison
U.S. pilot-test "Xiaolong" picture
Air Force F-16 fighter pilots Jiesenkelai come in "Fierce Dragon" fighter training simulator operation.
Photography : our old friend
"I feel good, and some of the major functions of the F-16 are very similar!" Jiesenkelai door visit to Mainz in "Fierce Dragon" on the operation of the simulator five minutes later, the "International Herald Tribune" so said. The Air Force F-16 fighter pilots maneuverability performance attracted a large crowd of visitors.
Digital function impressive
"International Herald Tribune" at the exhibition site, "Xiaolong" training simulator is the front wall of three large color LCD screen, simulated cockpit of vision. They also hung over the two smaller screen, showed the plane's air posture and the situation on the ground.
U.S. pilot-test "Xiaolong" picture
Training Simulator itself, in terms of exterior size, or internal settings are simulated real aircraft cabin built, it is not hatch. Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute engineers Fa told the "International Herald Tribune" : "This exhibition is only one Taiwan, but also the most basic 'Fierce Dragon' training simulator, production may, in accordance with customer needs to install the necessary equipment. The construction of an ordinary 'Fierce Dragon' Training Simulator thousands spent 10,000 yuan. The simulator can drill aviation, combat tasks that can help pilots familiar with the different altitude, distance and orientation, perception and momentum. "
Experience the "Fierce Dragon" Jason talked about it with the U.S. F-16 fighter distinction, also made special mention of the former cockpit panels operating on the three multi-function display, and much appreciated. He believes that, "Both the joystick and other equipment layout is also different." He smiled and told reporters : "Because of the shortness of time, not familiar with the 'Fierce Dragon' full functionality, I can not fully compare the performance of the two fighters. However, your new fighter digital functions impressed me deeply. "
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Negotiations are on for the Grifo-S7 and some AESA studies are being conducted.
Also there is an 'open' option to integrate the AIM-120C with the JF-17.
And about this KLJ-7... what are its tracking and targetting ranges?
Is is suited to use the SD-10 to its max abilities?
I am unable to get any concrete info on this..
what ejection system is used on the JF-17? and teh J-10 for that matter?