DRDO chief Dr. S Christopher has confirmed that Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered Initially by American supplied GE F414-INS6 turbofan engines generating 98kN Thrust.

But he refused to confirm if India will seek an indigenous engine solution to power production variant of the AMCA in near future. DRDO chief for time being didn’t rule out the development of Super Kaveri Engine to power AMCA but India is also open to considering all the engines which are on offer to India before making a decision.

DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is principal designer of LCA-Tejas and now AMCA has set a requirement of 110kN Thrust engines to power 25-tonne AMCA with Thrust vectoring nozzles. Most of the turbofan engines exceed or fall short of this thrust requirement specified by ADA due to which AMCA will require a customized engine to meet specific thrust requirements as mentioned.

French Aero-engine maker Safran as part of Dassault Rafale offset is working on fixing India’s Kaveri engine so that it can enter production to power India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jets. Safran already has offered India to Jointly develop a new engine based on AMCA requirements dubbed as Super Kaveri from scratch.

Eurojet also has expressed interest in working with DRDO to develop a new engine based on its EJ-200 engine specifically for India’s AMCA and American Aero engine Major GE too has offered to develop AMCA engine which will be manufactured in India under license.

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