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US-headquartered aircraft engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is now keen to focus on Indian military programs as it has been losing ground in the commercial marketplace towards its arch-rival CMF. The top brass of P&W was in India last week and are keen to focus more on the Indian military segment after it recently won contracts for the supply of engines for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 to power C-295 medium tactical transport aircraft that was recently ordered by the Indian Air Force.

Pratt & Whitney already has been supplying spares and support to the F117-PW-100 turbofan engines that are powering the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III fleet of the Indian Air Force. General Electric its rival in the military space has been focusing on the Indian defense sector for decades now and soon will be locally manufacturing its F-414 engines in the country.

Pratt & Whitney had shown interest in participating in India’s requirement for a 110kN engine for its 5th Generation AMCA program but India currently is having talks with Safan, GE, and Rolls-Royce.

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