According to the report in ” The Indian Express”, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has still not selected an international engine manufacturer for the co-development of the engine for the fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and talks are still ongoing including with the British Rolls-Royce and French Safran.

French Aerospace engine manufacturer Safran did submit its proposal for co-development of a 110kN engine for the AMCA program and highlighted the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and development costs of the program. According to media reports, Safran has quoted around $6 billion and around 2035 for the new engine to enter production after clearing all ground and flight trials from 2029-30 onwards.

Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, said, “The talks are in the very initial phase. New engine production is planned to be manufactured through SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) models involving Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), HAL, and private players.

AMCA Prototypes will be powered by American F414-GE-INS6 engines that can generate 98kN Class of thrust.

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