abhi.enggr wrote:can anyone elaborate if the RD 33MK which is powering the mig-35 and is in the same class as EJ 2000 and GE 414 could be fitted in the small light airframe of LCA.
if yes other than the afterburn smoke issue (mentioned in previously by many ) are there any other issues with it.
rd 33 mk can provide a thurst of 9000 kgf and that is enough for lca.
the service life of rd33 mk is 4000 hrs.
my question is can this be fitted in lca without any modifications in its airframe design and if yes why is it not considered good.
and agian is there any stealth tech in line for lca.
will the stealth coating on outer airframe that russia has offered for mig-21 bison not considerd.
why iam discussing rd33 mk is that russains are reliable in all respects and think when if f414 is chosen and after sometime usa comes up with a sanction on their export to indians.
and lastly if the older rd33 (mig 29) is not good enough for LCA why is it good enough for JF-17 which even if we agree or not is in the same league...........comments
RD-33\93 can be fitted in LCA-class plane for sure. However, the airframe redesign must be deeper in some degree, than F-414 and EJ200 need since RD-33 has slightly bigger diameter.
From the Klimov's page:
RD-33MK is the first product of major modifications of the basic engine. Its horsepower is 7% higher due to the use of cooled blades made of modern materials including composites.
Unassisted takeoff of the MiG-29K fighter from the aircraft carrier deck is possible owing to the increased horsepower of the engine;
The engine contains systems that reduce its infrared and optical visibility;
The service life of the engine is a long 4,000 hours;
Installed on MiG-29K, MiG-29KUB and MiG-35 jet fighters;
NRao wrote:2 Qs:
1) Where does the 'built-in-India' RD-33 stand today?
2) Will the RD-33 fit properly? IF so, why was t never mentioned earlier than this?
Amazed that India is even there.
1) they are starting step by step RD-33 ser 3 producing in India. Initially - from the parts from Russia with gradually increasing Indian participation. Isn't different from other ToT programs between India and Russia.
2) Not EF200 nor F414 fit properly , they both need some airframe redesign too. Furthermore the redesign of LCA's airframe is needed anyway if they want better payload. The Russian option is always available for India so they tried other options before. I then predicted only few will want to help India with Kavery, coz it's lot tech problems without a clear dividend. The same with improved foreign engines for LCA. Who wants help Delhi to have a new independent project in such a lucrative niche? The Americans push for F-35 and have degrading relations with Delhi now. The Europeans are too expensive for LCA with EJ200 to be successful as FC-1 at least. SO turning to the Russian option looks to me rather rational.