|14 m |
| WEIGHTS AND FUEL |
|Empty Weight |
Normal Take-Off Weight
Max Take-Off Weight
Max External Store Weight
Internal Fuel Weight
|6,320 kg |
| PERFORMANCE |
|Max Speed |
The following article covers a topic that has recently moved to center stage--at least it seems that way. If you've been thinking you need to know more about it, here's your opportunity.
If you don't have accurate details regarding JF 17, then you might make a bad choice on the subject. Don't let that happen: keep reading.
JF-17/FC-1 will be powered by One Russian Made Klimov RD-93 Turbofan engine.
RD-93 has been developed by Klimov Design Bureau in St. Petersburg. It is a variant of Klimov RD-33 Turbofan Engine which powers the MIG-29 Fulcrum. The most significant difference being the repositioning of the gearbox along the bottom of the engine casing.
Thrust (Afterburner): 8300 kgf /18,260 lb
Thrust: 5040 kgf / 11,090 lb
Specific Fuel Consumption: 2.1 kg/kgf/Hr in afterburner, 0.77 military
Bypass Ratio: 0.46
Compressor Pressure Ratio: 21
Maximum Turbine Inlet Temperature: 1680 K
Service Life, hr: 4000
Maximum Diameter: 1.040m
Mass: 1055 kg
There have been some problems. The engine was emitting black smoke, which makes it easier for the enemy pilot to spot the plane. This puts the pilot in inferior position during a dogfight. It is not clear whether the fuel or the engine was responsible for the smoke and the issue has been resolved.
Smokey nature of the engine
The contract between China and Russia over re-exporting the engines to Pakistan has ran into dispute. Russia is sending mixed signals whether the issue has been resolved or not. The issue is mainly political because Russia has never sold advanced weaponry or its components to Pakistan due to the regional politics. Russia is also saying that FC-1s fitted with RD-93 are not allowed to compete where Russian Aircraft are competing.
China is also working on an indigenous engine which has the potential to power the FC-1 in future.
Now you can be a confident expert on JF 17. OK, maybe not an expert. But you should have something to bring to the table next time you join a discussion on JF 17.
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