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China’s new J-20 stealth fighter engine a no-show at Zhuhai air show after it fails reliability tests
Country’s leading aviation expo was expected to be showcase for purpose-built WS-15 Emei but performance problems force rethink
PLA relies on Russia for engines for its most advanced stealth fighter
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2018, 9:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 12:42pm

Minnie Chan

A purpose-built engine for China’s new generation stealth fighter jet has not gone on display as planned at China’s biggest air show after it failed reliability tests, according to military insiders.

It was widely expected that the performance of the WS-15 Emei engine for the J-20 fighter, known as the Powerful Dragon, would be one of the highlights of the six-day air show in Zhuhai in the southern province of Guangdong, but there was no sign of it when the show opened on Tuesday.

“The performance of the engine is still very unstable, and engineers have failed to find the key reason for the problems, even though its vector power is good enough now,” a military insider said.

Insiders said the WS-15 engine, which has been in development for several years, failed to meet overall reliability targets in long-standing trial runs over the course of hundreds of hours.

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