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The military world has no shortage of irony. The defense industry has its moments too, as Pakistan just discovered. An aircraft whose development was driven by military sanctions from the US and Europe is now derailed by military sanctions.
The Pakistan Government had hoped to sign a deal to acquire 150 JF-17/FC-1 fighters in 2007, with 8 aircraft in service by year's end. China had reportedly even bought 100 Klimov RD-93 engines from Russia for installing on JF-17s, with an option to contract another 400 engines.
There's only one problem: Russia has just refused permission for the transfer of its RD-93 engines, derived from the RD-33 that equips the MiG-29. The decision comes only a few days after a visit to India by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, during which a number of joint defense projects were discussed and agreements were signed. These include the MRTA transport aircraft, and reportedly a "5th generation fighter" project, even as the MiG-29OVT/MiG-35 is touted as the likely winner of the multi-billion MRCA fighter contract.
MOSCOW: 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.
Speaking to Indian and Russian journalists ahead of a visit to India by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov on January 22, Col.-Gen. Mazurkevich confirmed that India and Russia are shortly to sign accords to jointly develop and produce a 5th generation fighter plane and a multi-role transport aircraft.
Russian engine manufacturer Chernyshev Moscow Machine Building Enterprise has banned China from entering its RD-93-engined FC-1 attack fighter aircraft in any procurement competition where it is up against a Russian aircraft.
Russia has ruled out export of the RD-93, a development of the RD-33, to Pakistan to avoid upsetting India.
A Chernyshev spokesperson said there are explicit terms in the contract stating that the "RD-93 should not be exported to any third country" without Russian permission and the engine will not be allowed in any competition where a Russian manufacturer is bidding.
Russia Denies Blocking Supplies Of Chinese Jets To Pakistan
BANGALORE, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has denied speculations that Russia blocked supplies of Chinese jet fighters to Pakistan, its news agency Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.
"Russia blocks nothing - this is our policy," he said on Tuesday in reply to an Indian journalist's question. "In military-technical cooperation with any state we always adhere to one very simple principle, it's even not our obligation, but international law - an end user certificate," he said.
Ivanov, who is also the Defence Minsiter said Russia sells arms only if such a certificate is available and controls how it is complied with.
In general, political considerations and not only economic ones often matter in military-technical cooperation, he said.
Originally posted by chinawhite
I think people have jumped to conclusions, the comments where made by a Russian Colonel-General about the FC-1 and the 5th generation among other things.
On another note, a new turbofan engine has just been recently released and fits the "FC-1 size"
Originally posted by Stealth Spy
So, do you expect us to take your word about RD-93 engines and discard/ignore statements from a high ranking Russian official - when the topic of relavence is a Russian engine ?
..and yet they would so foolishly take positions that would deprive them of the proceeds from the sale of atleast 200 more engines? ... and despite this indigenous solution, the chinese decide to buy sooo many Russian engines?
the copy/reverse engineer schemes that China is world renown for.
Originally posted by chinawhite
Which were subsequently DENIED by the Deputy Prime Minister... Thats when such nonsense is DISCARDED