During long time the Chinese try to achieve RD-93 engines with enhanced capability, the Russian 'AviaPort's correspondent reports. They said that if
agrees to sell them this class engine with 9 t thrust they are ready to buy up to 1000 units in total cost of $3.75. Till now Russia didn't agree to repeating and insisting Chinese desire. Russia was strongly against this deal. It was said in India that in such a case RD-93 will be comparable to RD-33MK engine which is installed on MiG-29K fighter exported for Delhi 's 'Vikramaditya' carrier, said an 'Aviaport' source. India
has agreed to export for Russia only a downgraded 8.3 t thrust variant. This engine is installed on the Chinese FC-1 light fighter, recently exported to China . The initial Pakistan contract with China 's 'Chernyshev' plant was for 100 RD-93 engine, $238 mil, signed in 2005. First 15 engines were departed to Moscow in late 2006. China
In April 2007
has permitted the re-export of this 8.3 t RD-93 engine version to Russia . In November 2007 Pakistan has got an additional permission for re-export these engines to next 6 countries: China , Egypt , Nigeria , S.Arabia and Bangladesh . Algeria , Lebanon , Myanmar and Sri-Lanka are interested in this fighter too, but yet approved by Russians. Iran
Although FC-1 is formally in the same class as MiG-29, its capability is inferior to MiG-29. Then these aircrafts are not comparable at all, according to an 'Aviaport's source.
Interestingly, an Indian delegation has visited this plant some days ago and acquainted itself with the production line. The delegation was headed by the deputy MoD Mr. R.K.Singh and HAL's chief Mr. Ashok Nayak.