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The Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and American company General Electric (GE) have reached agreements for the license production of the F-414 engine in India. These engines will power India’s upcoming Tejas MkII fighter jets. However, it is expected that it will take another 3-4 years before the manufacturing of F-414 engines can commence in the country.

Sources familiar with the matter have confirmed idrw that GE has already supplied HAL with over a dozen F-414 engines. These engines will be initially utilized to power the Tejas Mk2 prototypes, scheduled for rollout in late 2025, with an additional three aircraft by 2027.

The F-414 engines provided by GE will also play a vital role in powering the prototypes of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), slated for completion by late 2026, as well as the Twin Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) prototype, expected to be rolled out by 2028.

HAL is anticipated to commence local manufacturing of the F-414 engines, likely starting in late 2026 or early 2027. Initially, the production rate is expected to be modest, ranging from 4 to 7 engines per annum. These engines will be used to power follow-up prototypes in the AMCA and TEDBF programs.

Upon the conclusion of the order for 108 Tejas Mk2 aircraft, which is likely to occur by late 2028, the production rate of F-414 engines is set to increase significantly to around a dozen per year. As the production of Tejas Mk2 aircraft gains momentum, the engine production rate will be gradually enhanced by the early 2030s.

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