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Discussion in 'Air Force' started by Jeff Head, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. ChineseToTheBone
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    Would it really be significantly more preferable for the lighter weight next generation fighter jet to only use a single engine instead of two?

    I read elsewhere how it might be a large reason for the authorities hesitating on further developing the Shenyang FC-31 with its twin engines, where higher forecasted costs make it economically unfeasible for manufacturing in large numbers and eventually replacing the Chengdu J-10 in the future. I suppose this would be assuming that maintenance for a single more powerful engine in each new airframe uses comparably less resources, as it comes down to managing expenditures for a mass production stealth fighter jet.
     
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    People, is there any info available on Active Cancellation projects in China? By Active-Cancellation, I mean fighter-borne systems like in the Rafale?
    Any hints whether the J-10C or J-16 has such systems?

    Thanks in advance
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    Just check the cost of the Su-35 vs the MiG-35. They have similar costs. Single engine aircraft typically are less expensive to manufacture and repair. One example would be the F-15 vs the F-16. One of the most complex parts in an aircraft is the engine. The more parts an aircraft has the more man hours it typically takes to assemble it not to mention to inspect and repair it.

    To be honest, like I said here before, I think the Chinese should hold separate light-weight fighter competitions for the PLANAF and PLAAF. Much like the USA did in the 1980s with the F/A-18 and the F-16. Until Chinese engines become more reliable it is a bad idea to use a dual-engine aircraft in a carrier borne aircraft because recovery of crews at sea is much more difficult and you typically have a worse operating environment at sea. Like corrosion.
     
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