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China digs deeper to get to aero-engines

The articles below highlight the continued growth of Chinese entrenchment in Ukraine’s Motor Sich and the historical & potential continued cooperation WRT the Russian Klimov VK-2500-01/02/03 turboshaft helicopter engine (which employs FADEC technology).

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Rotorcraft Asia 2019: VK-2500 engine civil-certified in China

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/vk-2500-engine-civil-certified-china/

1st April 2019 | by Alexander Mladenov

 

"The VK-2500-01/02/03 family is an increased-rate derivative of the baseline TV3-117VMA engine, designed by ODK Klimov, but produced in the past at Motor Sich in Ukraine.  Now the VK-2500 family is in production in Russia, at Klimov’s newly-built plant in Shuvalovo near St Petersburg in several versions intended for powering both military and civil helicopters in the 11 to 13t maximum take-off weight range.  The main performance-boosting new features in the VK-2500’s design compared to the TV-117VMA included an all-new turbine section and the BARK-78 FADEC/condition monitoring unit."

 

Supplemental Background on Vk-2500/TV-117VMA: https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/b8845676/files/uploaded/HOF_18.pdf (Pages 21-27)

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Chinese to acquire stake in Ukraine’s Motor Sich, sign helicopter deal with Russia

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/chinese-to-acquire-stake-in-ukrainian-motor-sich-sign-helicopter-deal-with-russia.html

By Jack Laurenson, Feb. 26 2019

 

“Despite there being an investigation into the attempted takeover by the Ukrainian State Security Service, or SBU, and a court ruling in April 2018 that froze funds and delayed the acquisition, a trade minister in Ukraine confirmed on Feb. 21 that the Chinese will acquire a stake in the company after all.”  …. “On Feb. 19, Russia’s state-owned defense manufacturing conglomerate Rostec announced that their deal with the Chinese, years in the making, would be inked before the end of April.”  [Would love to know more about the details of the deal…]