According to RFI, Taiwanese military experts said China’s aircraft engine manufacturing technology is at least 20 years behind the world. So the engine is the weak point, like the “heart disease” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘s fighters.
Academician Gan Xiaohua from China’s Academy of Engineering attended an engineering seminar in 2017. He admitted that China’s engine design and manufacturing is still at least one generation behind the most advanced foreign standards, at least 20 to 25 years.
Chinese military expert Song Zhongping wrote on Weibo that the lifespan of Chinese aircraft engines is very short.
Su Ziyun, director of the Institute of Strategy and Resources at Taiwan’s National Defense Security Research Institute, said that China’s aircraft engines only have a lifespan of 1,000 to 1500 hours, far behind aircraft engines that the U.S. provides to Taiwan that has a lifespan of more than 8000 hours.
Su said that whether it is the Su-27 or Su-30 fighter aircraft that China imported from Russia or the J-16 and J-10 aircraft made by China, it is the same. In theory, the engines of these planes are only about 1,000 hours.
Su calculates that the CCP has about 1,200 advanced fighters, but most have a very short engine life.
Every year the CCP’s air force has to conduct a lot of harassment and exercises in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan, considerably draining the life of the aircraft engine.
Su believes that working on aircraft with short engine life; pilots will be more or less affected psychologically and physically.
The CCP’s Yun-8 anti-submarine plane crashed on Hainan Island in March this year, killing all its crew members. According to Su Ziyun, the accident may have been caused because its engine was overworked.
Su also said that the CCP’s recent use of drones to disrupt Taiwan might also mean that they want to reduce the burden on military aircraft.
Su pointed out that China’s annual defense budget is close to 1.5 trillion yuan (nearly $230.16 billion), so China’s regime can bear the cost of the exercises against Taiwan. Still, it will affect the combat readiness of the CCP’s military.