Chinese Engine Development


latenlazy

Brigadier
So WS-15 is fourth gen engine and thereby being in line with Aircraft classification?

Very surprising report as it wasn't long ago that an AVIC scientist/spokesperson admitted that China's research into advanced materials like CMC was late compared to US.
Late isn’t always the same thing as behind. China’s been moving aggressively fast on materials for the last 20 years.
 

siegecrossbow

Lieutenant General
Staff member
Super Moderator
I would agree with you ordinarily. But since they've been mentioning it and dropping hints all over the place, and with all the recent "strategic air force" noises, I can't help but wonder what comes after "next."

But yeah, it'll still be a long shot.

They won’t risk flying it over a public Airshow unless it is almost ready for service.
 

by78

Lieutenant General
I would agree with you ordinarily. But since they've been mentioning it and dropping hints all over the place, and with all the recent "strategic air force" noises, I can't help but wonder what comes after "next."

But yeah, it'll still be a long shot.

Or they could perhaps show a scale model at Zhuhai, or drop some hints on specs and other crumbs of technical info (on subsystems, munitions, etc.). Heck, I'd be happy if they could just let us know when the maiden flight is expected.

A man can dream, but I'm off-topic now.
 

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