Ukraine is willing to cooperate with China’s efforts to provide engines for the L-15
China-made L-15 Falcon advanced trainer
Ukrainian Motor Milicic produced Al-222-25 engine
newspaper freelance writer Malan
According to Ukraine” Kyiv Post “on the 12th, the Ukraine, the Al-222-25 new jet engine has arrived in China, which means that the Chinese developed the L-15″ Falcon “can be supersonic advanced jet trainer and finally the performance test, identification of the flight test phase to another step. “Falcon” success, and ultimately, the technical contribution to the Ukraine (see the newspaper on July 31, September 29-related coverage), the aircraft’s “heart” of the manufacturer – motor Milicic company, also known as the well-deserved “motor czar.”
regards China as a better partner
motor Milicic’s (Motor Sich, the “Milicic Company”) is located Wukelanzha Baltic hot city is the world’s leading engine manufacturer, the main fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for the power system. Back in Soviet times, its products are exported to more than 90 countries to have “the heart of the Soviet aviation industry,” said. In 2008, exports of motor Milicic’s $ 160 million, accounting for black air 50% of total exports.
However, the past 10 years, Ukraine’s aviation industry has been in the United States, Europe, Russia and the cracks in the suffering, the world’s GDP accounted for only 0.1%. Bo Gu, general manager of Tesla Motors Milicic Aliyev pointed out that the annual funding for the development of new engines of about $ 18 million funding gap is growing; where necessary, to ensure their own survival, motor Milicic company may all the money into a key project is to provide Chinese L-15 trainer engine.
In addition, the motor Milicic company also provides strategic cruise missile engines for Russia – Do not look Ewu a politically incorrect, and the two sides are still a lot of economic cooperation. But with China’s economic strength, comparatively speaking, the company is more willing to work with partners such as China to cooperate.
L-15 is the “last straw”?
2009 year, Ukrainian Defense Minister Yekhanurov told a friendly visit to China. After the visit, Wu Yip said the military cooperation has entered a new phase of hope and China co-production L-15 “Falcon” advanced trainer, and to expand high-end market. He emphasized that if the cooperation can be achieved, will be the first black Air Force Order L-15, and in the territory of the aircraft assembly line construction to replace the existing fleet of L-39 “Albatross” trainer.
L-15 both air and ground attack capability, is a highly cost-effective models. According to reports, China started the project in early 2002, the black “progress” Machinery Design Bureau to provide a DB-2 prototype engine, the task is to undertake mass production of motor Milicic company. It should be said, in the black in the L-15 project on the cooperation already begun. Now in its territory Uruguayan side proposed assembly L-15, took a fancy to its excellent performance and broad market prospects.
affected by economic crisis, Ukraine’s currency devaluation, bankruptcies, massive government external borrowing, the domestic military-industrial situation even worse. It is reported that Ukraine’s military aircraft industry to produce 350 aircraft a year ago, but now there is no any order from the military, only by producing parts for foreign customers to survive. If you can fight for assembly in China’s L-15, on the Uruguayan military enterprise is undoubtedly a substantial amount of the sale.