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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the 4th India-France Annual Defence Dialogue with French Minister for Armed Forces Sebastien Lecorn. Singh reportedly has told its French counterpart to come up with a final offer so that India can finalize a joint venture to co-develop a 110-130kN Class of jet engine for its AMCA program. has been told that the Defence Ministry has told Indian GTRE and DRDO to fast-track talks with prospective bidders in the program so that once CCS clearance for the AMCA program is granted it can take up CCS Clearance for joint development of the new engine by end of 2023 or in 2024.

French Safran, American General Electric, and British Rolls-Royce have offered their engine tech-based upon which India will be developing a new engine for the AMCA program. Interestingly all three aero engine makers have offered their services also in the development of the AMCA program with their partner companies who are keen to supply equipment and other systems for the aircraft program.

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