The Chinese media have recognized the critical lag of their country’s military-industrial complex behind Russia’s competitors in the creation of modern aircraft engines.
Without their own scientific school and corresponding production base coupled with a full range of competencies, it is extremely difficult to create a fundamentally new domestic aircraft engine, even if there is a sample to copy. The Chinese turned out to be in a similar situation, who are now putting all their efforts to create an analogue of the Russian AL-31F aircraft engine for the fifth-generation fighter J-20. So, in the article of the network edition, “PolitRussia” attention was drawn to the opinion expressed by experts of the Chinese news portal Sina about the critical lag from Russia in the aircraft building industry of their country.
“The number of major countries that produce aircraft engines is much smaller than the number of states that have nuclear weapons,” the Chinese analysts noted. At the same time, the Chinese expressed confidence that the PRC would surely “join this elite club. However, when Beijing “succeeds in implementing such an ambitious undertaking,” and the Chinese Air Force receives its fifth-generation fighters with a domestic analog of the Russian AL-31F aircraft engine, Russia will again retreat in its developments to a height unattainable for the Chinese. “It should be taken into account that the latter during this time may have time to pump up their level even more and once again break away from the competition,” Sina experts summarized.
Thus, it becomes clear that Beijing’s attempt to reject the Russian aircraft engine actually reveals China’s critical miscalculation, which is the lack of a scientific and technological base necessary to create new aircraft products of their own, rather than copying someone else’s.
Earlier it was noted that the Chinese military is in a hurry to implement the rejection of the Russian AL-31F aircraft engine for the domestic fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet.