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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

General Electric (GE) is poised for a historic production surge as it prepares to fulfil the U.S. Air Force’s purchase of 351 Boeing T-7A Red Hawk trainer jets and meet a contract for 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines destined for India’s HAL Tejas Mk 1/1A fighter. This strategic production ramp comes after GE faced challenges in supplying engines to India, as stipulated in a 2021 contract, leading to a brief hiatus.

The F404-GE-IN20 engine, with its cutting-edge features, holds a pivotal role in advancing the capabilities of both the U.S. Air Force’s trainer jets and India’s indigenous fighter aircraft.

The upcoming surge in F404 engine production by GE is in direct response to the U.S. Air Force’s ambitious procurement plan for 351 Boeing T-7A Red Hawk trainer jets. These trainer jets, crucial for shaping the future generation of U.S. military aviators, incorporate the F404-GE-103 variant. The successful production and deployment of these engines will play a vital role in ensuring the operational readiness and effectiveness of the T-7A Red Hawk fleet.

In addition to meeting the demands of the U.S. Air Force, GE is gearing up to deliver 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines for India’s HAL Tejas Mk 1/1A fighter program. The F404-GE-IN20 engine, the highest thrust variant in the F404 family, distinguishes itself with its advanced features. Despite a temporary disruption in the supply chain, GE officials have confirmed that engine deliveries to India will commence soon, although there has been no official statement regarding potential delays.

The F404-GE-IN20 engine incorporates GE’s latest hot section material and cutting-edge technologies. Additionally, it features Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), ensuring reliable power and improved operational characteristics. The engine’s high thrust capabilities set it apart from other variants in the F404 family, making it a critical component for enhancing the performance of the HAL Tejas Mk 1/1A fighters.

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