Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2018
Total Production: ?
Origin: China
Parent System: WS-15
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2018
Total Production: ?
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Description: The WS-15 is a Chinese advanced turbofan intended to power fifth generation fighter aircraft. The WS-15 thrust may exceed 18,000 kg (37,000 to 38,000 pounds) and is intended to power the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-20 twin-engine stealth aircraft and the J-12 single engine stealth fighter. The WS-15 engine development has suffered of several setbacks and China was forced to develop the WS-10G engine until the new engine is ready in the 2020s. The new engine is expected to feature Thurst Vectoring Control (TVC) as well as reduced infrared signature to help the J-20 to keep low the stealth profile. Besides, the new engine is paramount to provide super cruise speed for the J-20 which is also in the cross hairs for China.

WS-15 Applications

Combat Aircraft J-12 J-20 Support Aircraft Xianglong

WS-15 Specifications

Max Thrust with Afterburning: 38,000 pound (17,237 kilogram)
Thrust: 18,000 kilogram (176 kN)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

WS-15 News

There are 6 news between
29 Dec 2010 and 4 Mar 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020Chinese J-10C Fighter Jet Powered by Domestically Developed WS-10 Taihang Engine
Wednesday, September 5, 2018Chinese WS-15 Engine for J-20 Stealth Jet Ready for Mass Production by Year End
Friday, March 30, 2018Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Engine Troubles
Friday, September 8, 2017Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Undergoing Tests with WS-15 Engine
Monday, March 13, 2017Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter to Be Powered by Domestic Engines Soon
Wednesday, December 29, 2010China Testing J-20 Twin-Engine Stealth Fighter

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