A team from Indian defense PSU DRDO and GTRE were at the Rolls Royce engine facility in Bristol city in the United Kingdom where they met Rolls Royce officials who showcased their Eurojet EJ200 low-bypass turbofan engine that once was offered to India for its Tejas Mk2 program and also discussed the possibility of co-developing 110-120kN thrust engine for India’s AMCA 5th gen fighter jet program.

Vikram Doraiswami, Indian High commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, and Dr. Chandrika Koushik Director General (PC & SI), Defence Research Development Officer (DRDO) were leading the group, and talks were held on the possibilities to build on existing and historical partnerships in the cutting-edge areas of technology.

Rolls-Royce is very keen on a partnership with India and is in talks with DRDO, GTRE, and other relevant organizations in the Indian Aerospace sector for developing a new engine for the AMCA program that will be locally produced in India and will also be equipped on the TEDBF and Tejas Mk2 aircraft.

India’s AMCA program is nearing a comprehensive design review (CDR) of the AMCA program which will be submitted by end of this year and next year ADA, the nodal design agency will be approaching the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for project approval. ADA is seeking 15000-Crores for the development of Prototypes and Limited Serial production aircraft that will be used for developmental cum user trials.

ADA plans to put AMCA Mk1 powered by F414-INS6 engine in production from 2030-31 onwards and AMCA MkII powered by a new joint venture engine from 2034-35 onwards.

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