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WS-13

The WS-13 (Chinese: 涡扇-13), codename Taishan, is a turbofan engine designed and manufactured by Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation to power the Pakistan-China jointly developed JF-17 Thunder light-weight multi-role fighter, and in the near future the Shenyang J-31 fifth generation stealth fighter currently under development.

Design and developmentEdit

China began development of the Taishan in 2000 to replace the Klimov RD-93 turbofan, which had been selected in the 1990s to power the JF-17 light-weight fighter. It is designed to have a life span of 2,200 hours and an improved version, providing around 100 kN (22,450 lb) of thrust with afterburner, is under development.[1]

The WS-13 Taishan was certified in 2007 and serial production began in 2009.[citation needed] The 18 March 2010 edition of the HKB report stated that a FC-1 equipped with the WS-13 completed its first successful runway taxi test.[2]

Officials at the Farnborough International Airshow in August 2010 stated that a JF-17 development aircraft is flying with a Chinese engine, which is most likely to be the WS-13.[3]

In November 2012, Aviation Week reported that a JF-17 Thunder was flying in China with the Guizhou WS-13 engine.[4]

According to Janes Weekly. New JF-17 fighters are now flying with WS-13 engine and even attended the prestigious Paris air show.[5]

VariantsEdit

  • WS-13 - 86 kilonewtons (19,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner.[1]
  • WS-13A - High bypass.[6]
  • WS-13E - 90 kilonewtons (20,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner

Specifications (WS-13)Edit

General characteristics
  • Type: Afterburning turbofan
  • Length: 4.14 metres (13.6 ft)
  • Diameter: 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in)
  • Dry weight: 1,135 kilograms (2,502 lb)
Components
  • Compressor: Two-spool 8-stage axial
  • Combustors: annular
Performance
  • Maximum thrust: 51.2 kilonewtons (11,500 lbf) dry; 86.37 kilonewtons (19,420 lbf) with afterburner
  • Bypass ratio: 0.57:1
  • Turbine inlet temperature: 1650 K (1,377 °C (2,511 °F))
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio: 7.8


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