China ordered 100 Russian-made increased thrust RD-93 engines (Figure)
Russian-made RD-33 engines to increase thrust
LONDON September 24, 2009: According to Russia’s “Airport” Web site reported that the Russian defense export company signed with China will export 100 Russian-made RD-93 increased aero-engine thrust-type contract. One from the Russian defense industrial complex of the sources said, Russia and China have the technical details of the contract agree on the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense, Military Technical Cooperation Agency and a host of other departments have also been said of the transaction recognized. Currently, the Russian defense export companies are in the final contract price negotiations with China. He also reminded that Russia had already won a 500 engine to the Chinese export contract, “the first 100 units is provided at a fixed price, the price of the second batch of the engine is still under discussion.”
RD-93 from the MiG-29 equipped with the RD-33 on the improvements made, mainly for equipment, China and Pakistan jointly developed the FC-1 fighter. FC-1 (Pakistan number JF-17) is China’s international market development for the first multi-purpose fighter, development work began in the early 1990s. The project is about 50% of development funds (75 million) commitment from Pakistan. At present, Pakistan has ordered 150 Chinese FC-1, contracts worth a total of $ 2.3 billion, in addition, Pakistan also has the right to purchase 100. In March, China and Pakistan signed 42 production in Pakistan in the FC-1 contract. It is reported that Pakistan plans a total of 200-250 independent production of the fighter aircraft.
each FC-1 aircraft is equipped with a by “Cali Karimov,” the company developed from Chelsea in Moscow Stanishev machine factory production RD-93 engines. In 2005, the Russian defense export company has signed with the Chinese FC-1 provides for the first 100 RD-93 engines of the contract, the total value of $ 238 million. The first delivery of 15 units at the end of 2006 China. China has said that if Russia can increase the RD-93 thrust, it will consider purchasing 1,000 (total value will reach $ 3.75 billion).
According to sources, the Chinese side to provide thrust to increase to 9 tons (originally 8.3 tons) of RD-93 engines in 2005, the negotiations have already begun. But the traditional procurement of Russian weapons, another big country – India – but then the trade between China and Russia expressed serious anxiety. India has pointed out that if you increase the RD-93 thrust, its performance will be equipped with the Indian Navy’s MiG fighter -29K/KUB used on RD-33MK engine match.
However, Russia is still in April 2007, provided by China to Pakistan a number of 8.3 tonne thrust engine, and this transaction has been Putin’s personal approval. Office of the President at that time Russia has said that the China deal will not hurt India’s interests, because the latter is the more complete the procurement of fighter aircraft. Indeed, FC-1′s operational performance was significantly behind the MiG-29. According to one familiar with the process of negotiating with the Chinese defense industrial complex of the Russian officials: “China’s FC-1 light fighter is not our competitors, it is entirely another type of aircraft at the same time, the aircraft will make We get a large engine manufacturing orders. “
Russian military-technical cooperation spokesman had said in November 2007, six countries have allowed China to resell the RD-93 engines were in Pakistan , Egypt, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Algeria. In addition, Lebanon, Myanmar, Iran and Sri Lanka also expressed the buy FC-1 fighter will. (Spring)