The Sea Wasp is an upgraded RD-33 engine installed on Mig-29 fighters. Its development started in 2001 as the MiG aircraft-building corporation signed a contract to supply MiG-29K fighters.
The Sea Wasp provides a higher thrust than the basic model while featuring all its advantages such as unrestricted flight control and high stability against ambient disturbances.
A jet fighter equipped with this engine can safely take off the aircraft carrier deck and efficiently perform combat tasks in a hot climate.
The RD-33MK will be used as a base model for future improved jet fighter engines. In particular, it may be equipped with Klimov’s proprietary thrust vectoring nozzle that enhances combat efficiency by 12-15%.
RD-33MK is the first product of major modifications of the basic engine. Its horsepower is 7% higher due to the use of cooled blades made of modern materials including composites.
- Unassisted takeoff of the MiG-29K fighter from the aircraft carrier deck is possible owing to the increased horsepower of the engine;
- The engine contains systems that reduce its infrared and optical visibility;
- The service life of the engine is a long 4,000 hours;
- Installed on MiG-29K, MiG-29KUB and MiG-35 jet fighters;
- Developed in 2001.