Russia blocks sale of engines for Sino-Pak jets

Last Updated: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 20:46

Moscow: Russia has blocked the sale of
100 RD-93 engines to China for FC-1, the joint Sino-Pak
fighter, which could emerge as a rival for its MiG-29 fighter
in the global markets, according to a report on Monday.

"The new contract with China for the sale of 100
RD-93 engines has not been signed," Kommersant reported
quoting its sources in the military-industrial complex.

The deal for the supply of second batch of 100
RD-93 manufactured by Moscow-based Chernyshev Machine building
Plant for FC-1 (Pakistani version JF-17) was to be signed with
China back in May, however, CEO of RAC MiG and Sukhoi Aircraft
Holding Mikhail Pogosyan has torpedoed it, Kommersant business
daily reported.

"One of the sources confirmed that Pogosyan has
virtually blocked the deal with China by writing to the
Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) and
Rosoboronexport (ROE) state arms exporter that FC-1 is a
direct rival of Russian MiG-29 fighters in several foreign
markets," the daily writes noting that Russian and Chinese
fighters are in the race for an Egyptian contract.

"I am not against the re-export of individual
technologies, but it should be done in agreement with the
producers of finished-product, so that this re-export does not
damage their interests," Pogosyan told Kommersant.

"Re-export is allowed by the government decision
and we don`t have a practice of consulting producers of
finished products.

Under the inter-governmental bilateral agreement in
November 2007 China was allowed to re-export RD-93 as part of
FC-1 fighter to Egypt, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and
Algeria," press service of state arms exporting monopoly ROE
was quoted as saying by the daily.

The Kommersant reminds that Chernyshev Plant a
part of United Engine Corporation has supplied 100 RD-93
engines to China under the USD 238 million deal signed in
2005.

A framework agreement for the sale of 500 such
engines for the Sino-Pak joint fighter was also signed at that
time and Beijing was ready to buy up to 1,000 engines in over
USD 3 billion, if Russia agreed to offer its modernised
version with greater thrust.

PTI




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