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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s premier aerospace company, is set to make a significant leap in its defense capabilities. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, HAL Chief CB Ananthakrishnan unveiled an ambitious plan to export Made in India F-414 engines to other nations. This plan hinges on the company’s local production of these engines, and its pursuit of a significant Transfer of Technology (ToT) from American GE Engines.

The cornerstone of HAL’s export plan is the indigenous production of F-414 engines. To achieve this goal, HAL is actively negotiating a deal with American GE Engines for 99 engines that will be manufactured in India. The ToT agreement is expected to provide HAL with an 80 percent technology transfer, enabling them to locally produce these cutting-edge engines.

The F-414 engines are versatile powerplants designed for high-performance fighter jets. In India, they are earmarked for use in three key aircraft programs, commencing with the Tejas MkII program and extending to the Twin-Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

HAL’s plan to export F-414 engines follows a growing international trend. Several countries, including Sweden and South Korea, have already established local licensee agreements for the F-414 engines. These engines are deployed on a variety of aircraft, such as the Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen, KAI KF-21 Boramae, and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, highlighting their adaptability and appeal in the global defense market.

The export of Made in India F-414 engines presents both challenges and opportunities for HAL. The company will need to meet stringent international standards and build a robust supply chain to compete in the global market. However, this endeavor holds the potential to enhance India’s standing in the aerospace and defense industry and boost its economic growth.

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