SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Alex Zino, executive vice-president of Business Development and Future Programme for Rolls Royce, in an interview with ThePrint, said US General Electric engines won’t be offering Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the new engine that India plans to develop jointly for the fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program nor it will offer freedom to carryout modification to this engines in future.
idrw.org has reported that both Rolls-Royce and General Electric have been making an aggressive pitch to India to become engine partner of the AMCA program as talks with the French Safran company has fluttered due to a lack of willingness to provide India with niche core technology of the engine.
Youngje Kim, Vice President, Indo-Pacific Region, Military Systems, GE Aerospace claimed that the company will make F414 engines in India once it gets final approval from the US administration that will see ToT of the engine not just assembly of the engine.
General Electric has offered to develop an uprated engine based on the current 98kN class F414 engine for the AMCA program has growth potential till 130kn but has not specified if it will give Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and freedom to modify this engine in future.
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