Chinese social media have been talking about replacing the engine currently installed on the new generation of J-20 fighters for several days. will replace it with a modernized motor of its own production.
“The Chinese WS-10C engine, a modified version of the WS-10 engine, is not inferior to the Russian AL-31F engine.” This was reported to the South China Morning Post by a source in the Chinese military circles.
“China cannot rely on a Russian engine because Russia has asked China to buy more Su-35 fighters in exchange for deals with AL-31F engines,” an insider said.
In his opinion: “With the exception of the advantage of a longer combat range, the Su-35 (and its components – radar, navigation system and other electronics) is inferior to Chinese aircraft such as the J-16 strike fighter.”
China became the first foreign buyer of the Su-35 aircraft. The PLA spent $ 2.5 billion on the purchase of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 heavy single-seat multi-role fighters, the final batch of which was delivered at the end of 2018.