|National origin||People's Republic of China|
|Manufacturer||Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation|
|Major applications||JF-17 Thunder
The WS-13 (Chinese: 涡扇-13), codename Taishan, is a turbofan engine designed and manufactured by Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation to power the Pakistan-China jointly developed JF-17 Thunder light-weight multi-role fighter, and in the near future the Shenyang J-31 fifth generation stealth fighter currently under development.
Design and development
China began development of the Taishan in 2000 to replace the Klimov RD-93 turbofan, which had been selected in the 1990s to power the JF-17 light-weight fighter. It is designed to have a life span of 2,200 hours and an improved version, providing around 100 kN (22,450 lb) of thrust with afterburner, is under development.
The WS-13 Taishan was certified in 2007 and serial production began in 2009. The 18 March 2010 edition of the HKB report stated that a FC-1 equipped with the WS-13 completed its first successful runway taxi test.
According to Janes Weekly. New JF-17 fighters are now flying with WS-13 engine and even attended the prestigious Paris air show.
- WS-13 - 86 kilonewtons (19,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner.
- WS-13A (upgraded) - 100 kilonewtons (22,000 lbf) thrust with afterburner.
- WS-13E - upgrade
- Type: Afterburning turbofan
- Length: 4.14 metres (13.6 ft)
- Diameter: 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in)
- Dry weight: 1,135 kilograms (2,502 lb)
- Compressor: Two-spool 8-stage axial
- Combustors: annular
- Maximum thrust: 51.2 kilonewtons (11,500 lbf) dry; 86.37 kilonewtons (19,420 lbf) with afterburner
- Bypass ratio: 0.57:1
- Turbine inlet temperature: 1650 K (1,377 °C (2,511 °F))
- Thrust-to-weight ratio: 7.8
- Comparable engines
- Eurojet EJ200 (EJ2x0 Standard)
- Snecma M88 (M88-2 Standard)
- Klimov RD-93 (RD-33MK Standard)
- General Electric F414 (F414-EPE Standard)
- Related lists
- Fisher, Jr., Richard (2009-12-30). "October Surprises In Chinese Aerospace". International Assessment and Strategy Center. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- Pocock, Chris (August 6, 2010). "China and Pakistan Push Chengdu JF-17 Fighter for Export". AIN Online (ainonline.com). AIN Online (ainonline.com). Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- Sweetman, Bill (5 November 2012). "China’s Warplane Industry Expands". Aviation Week. Retrieved 5 September 2013.