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In a significant development for India’s ambitious Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project, the United Kingdom has renewed its offer to collaborate on the development of a new-generation engine for the fighter jet. This proposal was discussed during the annual India-UK Defence Consultative Group (DCG) meeting held in New Delhi on November 24, 2023.

Defence Secretary, Shri Giridhar Aramane, co-chaired the meeting alongside his UK counterpart, Mr David Williams, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. During the discussions, the UK reiterates its interest in partnering with India to develop a cutting-edge engine for the AMCA, a fifth-generation fighter jet designed to bolster India’s air defense capabilities.

Dr Samir V. Kamat, Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), acknowledged the ongoing discussions with the UK regarding the engine development partnership. He stated that the DRDO is currently evaluating potential partners for the 6th-generation engine program and aims to finalize a deal within the next six months.

The UK’s offer to co-develop the AMCA engine stems from its longstanding collaboration with India’s defense industry. The two countries have a history of successful partnerships in various defense domains, including aircraft manufacturing, joint exercises, and technology transfer.

The potential collaboration on the AMCA engine project could provide India with access to advanced British engine technology and expertise. This would be a significant boost to India’s indigenous defense capabilities and enable the development of a world-class fighter jet engine.

While the discussions are still ongoing, the UK’s renewed interest in the AMCA engine project signals a strong commitment to deepening defense cooperation with India. The successful conclusion of a partnership in this area would further strengthen the strategic ties between the two nations.

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