China plans to begin mass production of training aircraft L-15 engine with the Ukrainian AI-225-25F engine with afterburner combustion. It is reported that China has ordered 250 turbofans of this type. The basic model of AI-222 is a prototype fusion.
AI-222 developed by the design office of SE "Ivchenko-Progress" (Kiev, Ukraine) and is currently being used by Russian Yak-130. These motors are also mounted on three of the four prototypes of L-15. It was decided that China will use on production machines afterburning modification of AI-222-25F.
AI-222-25F engine at full afterburner thrust is 4200 kg. It is expected that the two engines mounted on the Chinese plane, can provide the L-15 (maximum take-off weight of 9800 kg) supersonic speed to 1.6 M. With a cost of 10 million U.S. dollars, Chinese CF may have good prospects in the global market. The aircraft has the potential to become the carrier of modern weapons grade "air-to-air" and "air-to-ground" (a variant light combat aircraft is designated L-15 LIFT). The engines will be produced in Ukraine at the "Motor-Sich", some components will deliver the Moscow company "Salute", which has been producing turbofan for the Yak-130. Deliveries will begin later this year, the completion of deliveries expected in 2015.
General Designer SE "Ivchenko-Progress" Igor Kravchenko said that AI-222-25F is the first Ukrainian engine with afterburner. "With his designs," Ivchenko-Progress "has mastered the technology that we currently seek to use to create a" fighter "of the engine with afterburner thrust to 44,000 pounds (20 tons)," he told the news agency AIN. In its basic version, with a thrust of 10 tons, this engine may replace Russian RD-93, mounted on the Sino-Pakistani fighter FC-1/JF-17 Thunder.
At the last air show Aviation Expo 2011 (Beijing) Company "Ivchenko-Progress" introduced a more powerful model of turbo-shaft engine TV3-117 SBM1V under the symbol, which is intended for the Mi-17. The more powerful engine would be ideal to improve the efficiency of the Mi-17, which are used in areas of high altitude and hot climate. China has recently received 32 additional Mi-17 Russian-made future production is scheduled for a joint venture with Russia.