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Pentagon which has received an application from American Aerospace engine major General Electric (GE) that is seeking permission to jointly manufacture and share engine technology with India has taken up the matter with competent authorities and the proposal is moving at a fast pace due to the urgency shown by GE which is keen to expand its business in India with multi-billion dollars engine deal for Indian fighter jet programs.

GE has sought permission to jointly develop a 110kn engine based on its F414 engine that will be used on India’s 5th gen fighter program called Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and 5 Minus fighter program called Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for the Indian Navy.

GE has plans to jointly manufacture a baseline F414 engine that generates 98kN class of thrust for India’s 4.5+ Gen Tejas MkII fighter program and also develop an uprate core that can generate 110-120kN Class of thrust for AMCA and TEDBF Program.

GE has estimated a mega deal for 400 engines from India alone with nearly 1000 engines that will be locally produced in India for each fighter program throughout its life cycle. GE has head start in India due to the Tejas Mk1A program and is keen to keep competing offers from Safran and Rolls-Royce at bay by offering engines that are not only cost-effective but also with Transfer of Technology (ToT) for local manufacturing.

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