Ukraine to develop new jet fighter

Ukraine announces plans to develop new fighter

Reuben F Johnson, Kiev – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

17 March 2017

On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that the country’s defence industry will develop its own twin-engine, multirole fighter. The announcement was made during Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko-Progress engine design bureau located in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaparozhe. This facility is also co-located with one of the largest aero-engine assembly sites in all of the former Soviet Union: the Motor Sich production plant.

Ukrainian aeronautical design teams have already produced what has been described as a “sketch outline” of a platform for a new fighter, which has been given the programme name of Legkiy Boiviy Litak, which is Ukrainian for “Lightweight Combat Aircraft” and abbreviated as LBL. The aircraft is supposed to bear a strong resemblance to the Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-29 in its external appearance, but the aircraft’s onboard systems will be of non-Russian origin.

One of the main differences between this new Ukrainian design and the original MiG-29 will be its engines and electronics. Reports from Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko facility stated that the two engines would be “a design based on the AI-322F and the avionics would be of both Western and Ukrainian manufacture”.

The engine design appears to be one of the main drivers for this concept, with the Ukrainian president stating, “We will soon be able to create our own aircraft engine for the fighter.” Poroshenko also pointed out that Ukraine is among a small group of just five nations in the world that are capable of independently developing aero-engine designs.

Ukraine’s new fighter concept was first mentioned earlier in this month in an interview with Yuri Brovchenko, Ukraine’s deputy minister for economic development and trade. “On the subject of military aviation, today we are examining the possibility of developing our own indigenous fighter aircraft. There is a design team already working on this,” he told the publication Ukrainski Novini.

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Reports from Poroshenko’s visit to the Ivchenko facility stated that the two engines would be “a design based on the AI-322F and the avionics would be of both Western and Ukrainian manufacture”.”

АI-322F Turbofan Aero Engine with Afterburner


Designed to power modern supersonic trainers, training-combat and light combat aircraft operated at moderate supersonic speeds (up to M=1.6). Installed on the L-15 LIFT.

Full afterburning power (SLS, ISA)
Thrust, kgf 4,200
Specific fuel consumption, kg/h/kgf 1,9
Full afterburning power (H=11,000 m, М=1,4; ISA, σin=0,97)
Thrust, kgf 2 760
Maximum (SLS, ISA)
Thrust, kgf 2,500
Specific fuel consumption, kg/kgf/h 0,66
Dimensions (without inlet fairing), mm 3,070 х 880 х 1,084
Weight, dry, kg 560


Ukrainian aircraft design engineers are developing a new multirole fighter


President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko got acquainted with the project of a new Ukrainian twin-engine multirole fighter during his visit to Zaporozhye Machine-Building Design Bureau Progress State Enterprise named after Academician A.G. Ivchenko, reports.

Ukrainian aircraft designers presented sketches of the project dedicated to the creation of Ukrainian multirole fighter, which was named ‘LBL’ (Lehkyi Boyovyi Litak, which is translated as Light Combat Aircraft). A new aircraft will externally resemble a Soviet fighter MiG-29. However, Ukrainian engine unit in the form of two engines developed on the basis of AI-322F will be combined with avionics of Western and Ukrainian manufacture.

Currently, the development of the new fighter is at its conceptual design stage. According to its characteristics and purpose, the aircraft will resemble Russian fighter MiG-35, Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, and Chinese FC-1 Xiaolong.

Besides, Petro Poroshenko claimed, ‘We will manage to create our own aircraft engine for the fighter in the nearest time.’

He also admitted that only five countries in the world have enough potential to independently create such aircraft engines today.

The exact characteristics of the new fighter, as well as the project completion date remain unknown. 

Friday, April 29 2016 01:15 EEST




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