BEIJING — China is close to volume production of aero engines able to handle higher internal temperatures, increasing performance, durability, or both, very probably for use in combat aircraft. The shift is revealed in market inquiries for large supplies of rhenium, a rare metal that increases the temperature-resistance of turbine blades. Timing of production of the new or upgraded engines is unclear, but the metal is needed starting in 2016. At first, some should be intended for ...
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