In the corporate edition of AVIC «Zhongguo hankun Bao" an article by the chairman of the board Lin Tszomina in memory of principal designer of Chinese carrier-based fighter J-15, CEO Shengyang Aircraft Industry Corporation Luo Yan (died November 25 at age 51 aboard the aircraft carrier "Liaoning" after the successful landing J-15 on an aircraft carrier). The article on countless merits of the deceased, contains a number of fascinating details about the work of the Chinese industry.
Namely, it reveals the contradiction that exists within AVIC between developers of aircraft and aircraft engines:
"Due to historical circumstances, aircraft engines are the" bottleneck "of our aviation industry. Since development has recently developed engines is not fully mature, their installation on plane, located under test flight can cause safety problems. If there is a tragedy, aviation plant will be hard. If you look to the narrow corporate point of view, the aircraft manufacturer is not interested in the use of new and insufficiently mature motor. But experts at know slider necessary not only to create and produce, and the run-in. Without large-scale use on an airplane, prepyadstviya potentially available to the new motor, it is hard to find and solve. That's why I turned to someone Luo Yan and expressed the wish that Shenyang will set an example in the use of new Russian engines to equip its own new aircraft, and he immediately agreed. In recent years in our country there are now two principal types of engines, and both of them were first applied to the Shenyang aircraft. In the course of their use revealed many problems, Shenyang this caused a lot of discomfort and even caused some economic difficulties. But Luo Yang did not complain, he believed that in order to accelerate the development of the Russian engine company must assume certain risks, to pay a certain price, and he was willing to take it on themselves. Now, these two types of engines are becoming more and more mature, have begun to enter the stage of mass production and have received excellent feedback from customers. Without Luo Yan and Shenyang of the aviation industry, this result would not have been achieved. "
So Makar, installing engines made in China on the Chinese the most experienced fighters in recent years in all cases was the result of pressure from the top management of AVIC (which comes and engine-holding) for finishing aircraft manufacturers. Luo Yang was more susceptible to a similar pressure than management of other Chinese manufacturers of aircraft, including fighter jets of the second manufacturer Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation. The main purpose of the installation of engines for experienced Chinese standards is the time between the Chinese aircraft design experience and improve the designs themselves engines, this does not imply that the needs of mass production is planned to cover only the Chinese supplies. It may be that in speaking of "the two types of engines," Lin Tszomin is referring to different versions of WS-10 Taihang, which can be installed on aircraft manufactured in Shenyang J-11B/BS, J-15, J-16. Flight tests Shenyang version of the fighter fifth-generation J-31 (can be equipped with engines WS-13) started only in October 2012, shortly before his death, Luo Yan, read about some kind of generalization of the most profound experiences of these trials, of course, impossible.
Another award Luo Yan called accelerated development time of new aircraft in Shenyang. Namely, it is indicated that in recent years, the Chinese aviation industry enterprises were set up so called headquarters or centers frisky response, coordinated the completion and testing of new equipment. Luo Yan in 2009 was entrusted to lead such a "center frisky response" in Shenyang, that speed up work on some new type of aircraft, the article says. As a result, the entire process of creating the layout of the new aircraft since the preparation of the project and before the first flight missed the 10.5 months. Perhaps the question specifically about J-15, First flight took place in late August 2008 (the work was carried out and the center to destination Luo Yan).
According to the article, the cause of sudden death of Luo Yan was overstretch from overlapping each other events: the start of the test the layout of the Shenyang fighter fifth-generation J-31 and the start of the test J-15 on an aircraft carrier. The late designer perceived personal role in each of the projects, going into all the details, but at the time of planting J-15 on an aircraft carrier "was 20 meters from the point of contact deck." He worked often after midnight, not paying attention to their own situation and refusing to see a doctor. According to the article, on board the "Liaoning" came to light a lot of problems that required immediate solutions, which caused tension forces the designer, urgently arrived aboard a helicopter on August 18, 10 days after its release into the sea and a week before the official announcement of the first Travel date J-15.