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General Electric, which intends to manufacture the F-414INS6 engine in India either through a partnership with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) or private sector companies, has reportedly been asked by the US administration to disclose the number of committed aircraft that will be powered by the engine. This request comes as GE officials seek clearance from the US administration to locally manufacture the engine, as mandated by Indian laws.

General Electric has agreed to manufacture the F-414INS6 engine in India, including its hot section while retaining the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the engine. However, the company has been informed by the US administration that it should explain measures it plans to take to prevent any potential breach of the engine’s IPR by India. As a result, clearance for the local manufacturing of the engine is currently being withheld but it is expected to be cleared once US administration is satisfied with response.

The F-414INS6 engine, developed by General Electric, is a key component for the next generation fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF), including the Tejas Mk2 and the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). The engine is a derivative of the highly successful F414-GE-400 engine that is currently used by the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jet and has been selected by several other countries for their fighter aircraft.

In 2018, General Electric signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Ministry of Defense to locally manufacture the F-414INS6 engine in India. The F-414INS6 engine is expected to provide a significant performance boost to the Tejas Mk2 and AMCA fighter aircraft. It features advanced technologies such as a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system, 3D aerodynamics, and advanced materials to enhance its power, fuel efficiency, and reliability.

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