posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 08:02 AM
While over the last 18 months the internet has been abuzz with amazing pictures of very stealthy fighters, it would appear China can't make the
engines to go inside them. Recent reports are detailing how China must use Russian and Ukraine engines in most of its military aircraft. Even planes
it sells to other nations, 80% of these planes have foreign engines.
China is now developing a massive effort to fix this "Achilles Heel" in its military development. China’s jet engine makers, are expected to
invest $16 billion in jet engine development in the near term, and perhaps up to $24 billion by 2015.
The Pratt and Whitney F135 powering the F-35 , which is the world’s most advanced and powerful tactical aircraft engine, is cost around US$8.4
billion to develop