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Originally posted by antimatter at 2010-12-8 13:22
But most likely Russians will not individual 117S engines to China. Instead it will force China to buy SU-35 as a whole for 40 planes.
If China wants thrust vectoring engine, then it needs to ...
in the paris airshow earlier this year, reps from chengdu even offered russia ideas and technical assistance on how to built a more powerful, more reliable, more higher endurance engine than the best russia has to offer china so go figure.
and yes, china had also perfected thrust vectoring and even refined it. but i doubt if thrust vectoring will ever be popular feature because, with aerial dawg fights having gone the way of the doodle bird, thrust vector serves no purpose whatsoever. in fact, the extra components needed would add greater weight hence robs the plane of the power it can use to escape hostile elements (BVR or other AAM) targeting it. For that reason and to this date, you don't see thrust vector employed in EU birds or in any US war bird with the exception of the AV-8 and the F-35.
Thrust vectoring is only a sel ling pitch used by Russia to push its products to third world/under developed nations who think that it's a cool thing to have but still, a feature that won't ever be used because, if South Africa goes to war with Zimbabwe, first things first, these planes will most likely be downed by SAM's and/or second, they won't engage one another in the air in a dawg fight because their fighter planes are limited in number and intended for ground assault purposes only.
[ Last edited by edisonone at 2010-12-9 08:59 PM ]