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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has secured a vital deal for its fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace giant, has been awarded a contract to supply RD-33 aero engines for these aircraft.

HAL’s RD-33 engines are specifically designed to meet the IAF’s requirements for extending the operational lifespan of its MiG-29 fleet. These engines will ensure continued peak performance for the remaining service life of these fighter jets.

The contract signifies a significant step towards India’s self-reliance in fighter jet engine technology. The RD-33 engines will be manufactured by HAL under a Transfer of Technology (TOT) license acquired from the original Russian equipment manufacturer (OEM). This technology transfer will empower HAL with the expertise for domestic production of these engines.

The manufacturing process will prioritize the indigenization of critical engine components. This focus on domestic production will not only reduce dependence on foreign suppliers but also establish a robust domestic supply chain for future maintenance and overhaul (ROH) tasks related to RD-33 engines.

The IAF’s acquisition of these HAL-built RD-33 engines is a strategic move that ensures the continued operational readiness of its MiG-29 fleet. This not only strengthens India’s air defense capabilities but also demonstrates the nation’s growing self-sufficiency in the aviation sector.