China Starts Producing Fighters with Russian Engines
China has launched serial production of the J-10B multipurpose fighters. After coordination of the project, it was decided to equip the aircraft with the Russian-made AL-31F turbojet engines, as the trials of the Chinese WS-10 Taihang power unit have not been finished yet.
It should be noted that the Air Force’s Command of the People’s Liberation Army proposed to start producing this aircraft with the reliable Russian-made power unit, while the Defence Purchase Department and representatives of the national defence industry offered to equip the fighter with the Chinese engine, despite several problems during its tests.
The information about a new modification of the J-10A multipurpose fighters appeared in 2009. Its main difference from the J-10A version consists in the improved airframe and upgraded avionics.