SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
General Electric (GE) has submitted a proposal for the co-development of a new engine for India’s AMCA 5th generation fighter program that will be based on the baseline 116 kN thrust derivative of the existing GE’s F414 engine confirmed Youngje Kim, GE Aviation’s vice-president for Asia-Pacific Region Military Systems Operation to BW Businessworld in an exclusive interview.
The United States of America in 2019 stated that its export control regime prevented transferring of the core technology that was requested by India due to which talks between both countries had failed. Kim confirmed that all the technology asked by India previously has been offered now to avoid European Engine manufacturers clinching this deal.
AMCA MkI will be powered by the 98kN Thrust engine of the F-414 engine and the “Enhanced Performance Engine” or “EPE” variant of the GE-F414 that has been offered to the AMCA MkII program can generate 116kN Thrust and can fit the engine bay of AMCA MkI without any changes since both engines have same dimensions.
India’s Tejas MkII, TEDBF, and AMCA MkI will be powered by a 98kN Thrust F414-GE-INS6 engine that will be locally assembled in India by GE-HAL under the Licensing agreement between both companies.
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