SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
The defense ministry is likely to announce private sector companies that will be part of the consortium under the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model that will be in charge to manufacture 5.5 Gen AMCA fighter jets for the Indian Air Force in 2023. Private players will have a majority stake in the newly formed company so that it does not become a full government entity while HAL will have a minority stake.
The first Two AMCA Prototypes will be manufactured by the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after which Private sector companies will start assembly under the supervision of the HAL when the program enters the LSP stage at the HAL Facility. Production of the AMCA will later shift to a new upcoming facility that will be located at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor where the Private sector companies will be the lead integrator for the program.
IAF will procure 40 AMCA Mk1 jets immediately after completion of flight certification and basic weapons trials to avoid further delays by 2029-30 while AMCA MkII will enter production in 2035 with a new engine generating 125kN of Thrust for which talks with French Safran have progressed and a contract for which might also take place in 2023 with the first flight of the new engine planned in 2030 on a Dassault Rafale Test Bed later on the LSP AMCA before it is cleared for production sometime in 2033. 125kN engine will replace F-414 engines on the AMCA Mk1 and will also be equipped on the TEDBF and as a mid-life engine swap for the Tejas MkII fleet.
Under the SPV model, private industries are encouraged to take up the design and development of military platforms and equipment in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other organizations. Other than the AMCA program, High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) programs will also be executed through SPV Model.
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