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The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) are nearing a major deal with GE Aerospace Defence & Systems for the F414 engine, a significant step forward for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk2 and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programs.

GE President Amy Gowder last month confirmed progress on the deal, stating that a detailed technical proposal will be submitted to HAL soon. The final contract, including component specifications and costs, is expected before summer, paving the way for engine production.

Deliveries are anticipated within three years, depending on IAF and DRDO requirements. The deal, valued at nearly $1 billion, includes an impressive 80% technology transfer, encompassing hot-end coating, crystal blades, and laser drilling technology for the F414 engines.

These engines will power both the Mk2 version of the LCA and the initial batches of the AMCA. This marks a significant upgrade from the current GE F404 engines used in the LCA Mk1A and earlier LCA versions.

The deal strengthens India’s indigenous fighter jet programs while solidifying its strategic partnership with the US. Technology transfer will enhance India’s aerospace capabilities and potentially pave the way for future collaborations.

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