Powered By Indigenous WS-10 Engines, China Goes ‘Full Throttle’ In J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet Production – EurAsian Times

China’s J-20, a fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, has reportedly entered the mass production phase after replacing the Russian engine with the domestically produced WS-10. 

Traditionally, Chinese jets have been powered by Russian-made engines, which have a relatively shorter service life. China has long aspired to develop its own engine and achieve maximum flexibility, thereby getting out of the limitations the Russian engines create.

In September 2021, two J-20 stealth aircraft made their debut with the domestically-built engines at the opening ceremony of the Zhuhai Air Show in south China’s Guangdong Province.

According to the state-run Global Times, the J-20 ‘Mighty Dragon’ recently set records in terms of aircraft deliveries due to great demand, with experts claiming it has reached the mass manufacturing phase after being outfitted with the domestically made engine. 

Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group Co Ltd has been dealing with difficult research and development, production, and delivery missions since the beginning of the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement posted on its social media account. 

The corporation accomplished several significant test flight missions during this time, and indexes related to aircraft delivery have reached new heights. Seven of the nine images linked to the statement show J-20 test flights, one shows a J-10, and one depicts staff members’ work. This could indicate that J-20 production is ramping up, according to Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military aviation expert, as quoted by Global Times.

China’s J-20 fighter jet, armed with missiles. (Wikimedia Commons)

The shift to domestically produced WS-10 engines from Russian-made ones has enabled mass manufacturing, said Fu, who also noted that other systems aboard the J-20, such as the avionics, radar, and weapons systems, were already built locally.

The Mighty Dragon now is in a position to enter mass production, since there are no restrictions imposed by engine imports, and the homemade WS-10 engine has already been tried and tested on other aircraft such as the J-10, J-11, and J-16, Fu said.

“We will see J-20s operated by all eastern, southern, western, northern, and central theater commands in a short time,” Fu said, “and they will become the main force to guarantee China’s sovereignty and territorial airspace security.” The J-20 will continue to evolve in the future, with Fu predicting that it would switch to more modern engines. 

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Red Bull set to announce Ford engine partnership deal with US car giant – BBC

Honda-powered Red Bull won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2022

Red Bull are poised to announce an engine partnership deal with US car giant Ford.

Ford will join forces with the team from 2026, part-funding the engine Red Bull are designing for the new regulations to be introduced that year.

The agreement is expected to be officially unveiled at Red Bull’s 2023 season launch in New York on Friday.

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Ford set to announce F1 return with Red Bull engine deal – The Race

Red Bull and Ford are set to announce they will work together on a Formula 1 engine for 2026.

The widely rumoured collaboration will be announced on Friday, when Red Bull is set to reveal the livery for its 2023 car the RB19 at an event in New York.

Though not confirmed by either party, the news of a tie-up between Ford and the newly created Red Bull Powertrains engine division was mistakenly leaked in Italian media and is understood to be correct.

Ford has been interested in a potential F1 programme for several months, based around the 2026 engine regulations – which feature “100% sustainable fuels”, according to F1, and an increase in the electrical …….