The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:
Chinese website huanqiu.com says that, according to an unspecified report by the news website of Russian Military Industrial Complex, China announced at the Paris Airshow that it would develop a new turbofan engine to be installed in the FC-1/JF-17 light fighter jet that it has developed jointly with Pakistan.
The fighter jet now uses Russian RD-93 engines. Pakistan is satisfied with the RD-93.
As China purchased 500 RD-93s from Russia in 2010, there are now enough engines for the export of 275 FC-1s.
Eleven countries are conducting serious discussions for the purchase of FC-1s.
Among them Argentina wants joint production of the fighter jets.
An FC-1 costs only US$8 million, a fraction of the price of any Western design.
The website said that China developed its WS-13 engine specifically for the FC-1 based on the RD-93, with the help of Russian experts.
The WS-13 is entirely developed by China on its own.
It has a thrust of 8,700 kg, a little greater than the RD-93.
Source: huanqiu.com “Russia media: China has developed a new engine better than Russian one, which will soon be installed in FC-1” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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