India is still considering joint development of a new high-thrust engine with three different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), according to Dr. Samir V. Kamat, chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This comes as a surprise to many, as it was previously reported that India had selected French Safran to co-develop a new engine for its Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program.
Kamat’s statement suggests that India is keeping its options open and is not yet ready to make a final decision on an engine partner. The three OEMs that India is considering are American General Electric, British Rolls-Royce, and French Safran.
All three companies are working on developing 6th generation engines, which have more thrust and will be able to supercruise at a higher Mach speed than previous engines. India is interested in developing a 6th generation engine for its AMCA program, and it seems that DRDO wants to make sure that it is ready for this next generation of fighter jets.
This is a significant development, as it suggests that India is not content with simply developing a 5th generation engine for its AMCA program. Instead, India is looking to the future and is planning for the development of 6th generation fighter jets.
The decision of which OEM to partner with will be a complex one. India will need to consider a number of factors, including the technical capabilities of each company, the cost of development, and the geopolitical considerations.
Whatever decision India makes, it is clear that the country is committed to developing a world-class fighter jet engine. This is a major step forward for India’s defense industry, and it will help to ensure that India has the capability to defend itself against any future threats.
The development of a 6th generation engine is a ambitious undertaking, but it is one that India is well-positioned to succeed at. With its strong defense industry and its growing technological capabilities, India is on track to become a major player in the global aerospace market.
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