Serial production / Low rate initial production seems to have been initiated for WS-13E.
We have seen it on display on the convention floor before though.But for what type? I must admit, the WS-13 is for ma an as mythical engine like once the WP-14 Kunlun was: There have been reports for years, always "in LRIP" or "soon in operational use" but always without any hard evidence and as it seems all J-8H/F in the end still had to rely on the proven WP-13.
As such, my point is for which type? The PLAAF has no fighter type that uses it, the PAF confirmed uses only Russian RD-93, ... some UAV/UCAVs? But which one? ... and so the best bet are the two FC-31 demonstrators and eventually the J-35. But why producing it already (and allegedly since years) when the end-user is not even ready?
We have seen it on display on the convention floor before though.
Shouldn't there be backup engines for J-31/F-35?Agreed and similar to WS-14s at several Airshows, but do we have a confirmed clear image of a WS-13 where even differences to a RD-93 are visible and even more a confirmed image where one is mounted in an aircraft? IMO not!
Shouldn't there be backup engines for J-31/F-35?
We haven't heard anything about WS-19 for two years. It'd be a risky venture to bet solely on a fresh engine like WS-19.
JF-17 grabs headlines as a potential export winner from time to time. Having an alternative Chinese engine only expands the customer base.
Is the J-15 Naval flanker series still bereft of a Chinese "heart"? What exactly happened to the the adoption of WS-10 to these aircrafts?