Klimov RD-33

Klimov RD-33 turbofan engine was developed in OKB-117 and have an 8,000 to 9,000 kilograms-force. thrust class turbofan twin-shaft engine with afterburner built by the Klimov company of Russia and has several variants.

Type : Turbofan
Manufacturer : Klimov
First run : 1974
Power : 8,000 to 9,000 kilograms-force (78,000 to 88,000 N; 18,000 to 20,000 lbf)
Major applications : Mikoyan MiG-29, JF-17 Thunder

The RD-33 was selected for new light fighter jet in early 1970s. New models of the RD-33 family include BARK digital monitoring and control systems. Repair and maintenance of RD-33 engines takes advantage of an information and diagnostics system (IDS).

Klimov RD-33 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Type: Afterburning Turbofan
  • Length: 4,229 mm (166.50 in)
  • Diameter: 1,000 mm (39.37 in)
  • Dry weight: 1,055 kg (2,326 lb)


  • Compressor: 2 spool axial, 4 low pressure stages, 9 high pressure stages
  • Combustors: annular combustor
  • Turbine: Single stage high pressure, single stage low pressure


  • Maximum thrust: 50.0 kN (11,230 lbf) Dry, 81.3 kN (18,285 lbf) Afterburning.
  • Overall pressure ratio: 21:1
  • Bypass ratio: 0.49:1
  • Turbine inlet temperature: 1,407 °C (2,565 °F)
  • Specific fuel consumption: 75 kg/(kN·h) (0.77 lb/(lbf·h)) dry, 188 kg/(kN·h) (1.85 lb/(lbf·h))
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio: 4.82:1 (dry), 7.9:1 (afterburning)
  • Life expectancy: 4,000 hours
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