negi wrote:As for geometry and attachment points on the aircraft, the 117С engine conforms to its predecessors, generation 4 AL-31F and AL-31FP engines. This makes it possible, with slightly developed engine nacelles and equipment, to use the 117С engine for modernization of the entire aircraft fleet of previously manufactured Su-27/Su-30, operational both by the Russian and foreign Air Force.
The replacement for AL-31F series of engine in RuAF for the Su-27SM and Su-34 program has been Salyut AL-31FM1 series of engine that provides thrust of ~ 13.3T over 31FP 12.5T. There is the FM2 underdevelopment with a thrust rating of ~ 14.2T
The FM series guys argue that it needs very little change if customer decides to change from AL-31F series engine to FM1 or FM2 when the latter is available and it has found favours with the MOD in upgrade program.
The 117S/117 engine on the contrary has been favoured for Su-35 and PAK-FA program and is not being used to retrofit old aircraft or even the new Su-34 , which makes me believe the 117 engine will need some major modification on Flanker and not worth the effort.
So if the IAF decides to upgrade the MKI engine I would think the FM1 or FM2 will be most likely replacement then 117S series and considering they RuAF has been the customer via SM program that would find its own merit in IAF/MOD.
Surprisingly we jingo tend to romantic and obsessed with thrust but the IAF seems to be very happy with AL-31FP engine and there have never been any reports of low thrust for MKI on the contrary its just been the other way round , which makes me believe the IAF will stick to FP with lic production of the same,