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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

GE Aviation has handed over two F414-GE-INS6 engines which will eventually power Tejas MK-II by 2020. GE Aviation is in process of handing over 6 more F414-GE-INS6 engines this year alone confirmed GE Aviation to Indian media.

In October 2010, the F414-INS6 derivative of the F414 was been selected to power the MK-II version of India’s HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). India expects to purchase up to 99 installed engines.

F414-INS6 delivers 35% more thrust than the original F404, which is used in Tejas MK-I and MK-1A. GE Aviation has carried out additional modification to the engines to ensure better in-flight safety considering LCA-Tejas is a single engined fighter jet.

ADA plans to freeze the final design of MK-II version by 2019 to being work on first IOC-certified aircraft which will take flight by 2020 or early 2021 . work on AirForce and Naval version of MK-II version will be carried out simultaneously.

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