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You can't just make claims on personal assumptions. You have to have credible backings. The story on the Spey engines were mentioned in a CCTV documentary. The Indians had countless great ambitious, jet engines been one of them, and few of the proposals were actually similar to the claim you just made. They also claimed to make 180KN level jet engines. Have they made it yet?I believe they have solve the problem.
I'm not saying that China is not going to be able to make it. But it does take a lot of time and hard work. It's unrespectful to say that China could do this and that in just next few years. If it's that easy, then what have they been doing for the past half century? Sleeping? There is no easy path in the road towards perfect jet engines. The Russians and Americans have tried their best to kill each other for the past half century and jet engine was one of those top weapon that could do it. It is common sense that when human try to kill each other, all their inner potential get released. Even under this pressure, it took them decades to master it. China just came out with an engine that is only comparable to what Americans came out with in the 70s, you think it's possible to instantly come out with something that is comparable to American level of the late 90's?
By no means am I trying to bash China, I am Chinese myself and I'm proud to be one. But I just don't like the current netizen culture of bloating facts and overly cocky on current achievements. When you go on Chinese site, the titles of the posts are the hilarious to read. They are mostly products of wet-dreams and lack of reality.
Chinese military is advancing and the rate is accelerating. It is inevitable that China will be a major military power. But the road towards that goal is still bumpy and many obstacles lay ahead. Sweat, tears and even blood will be shed along the way. If assumptions and self-claims could produce results, India would already be the greatest nation on earth.
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Mass producing doesn't necessarily mean the problems are completely solved. A lot of times in the military sector, a lot of weapons have to be equipped even if it's not up to standard. The news about short life-span of single crystal blades was from 3 years ago, which is not that long ago. How can you assume that the problem is already solved?I just want to point out that WS-10 has been in mass production since late 2009 and has been equipping all new production J-11B/BSs and possibly J-15s since then, meaning that they sorted out their quality control problems.
Remember the thrust vectored Russian engines used in Indian Su-30 jets? Those engines only have EXPECTED (even on the manual) lifespan of 30 hours as well, which is a joke. Western counterparts usually last for at least more than 1,000 hours, some up to several thousand hours.
Of course even the sub-quality WS-10 could fly, but how long can the engines last?
As for small scale production, it is indeed easier to control the quality. But only large scale productions could quickly make engineers and technicians learn to improve quality.