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Rolls-Royce has shown its willingness to co-develop a new engine that will not be based on the Eurojet EJ200, a low-bypass turbofan used as the powerplant of the Eurofighter Typhoon and build entirely from scratch so that Intellectual Property (IP) will be owned by India which won’t be the case with EJ200 that was developed by four companies under multi-national engine manufacturing consortium.

EuroJet Turbo GmbH owns Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the EJ200 engines even though this engine can be used to develop a 110-120kN class of engine to power India’s 5th Gen AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) programme but Rolls-Royce doesn’t want other jet manufacture (Avio, Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU Aero Engines) to be part of the program so a clean slate design offer to India.

A second offer that has been made by BAE Systems along with Rolls-Royce that is India become a partner country in the Global Combat Air Programme under which it plans to develop a 6th gen fighter jet in cooperation with Italy and Japan.

Rolls-Royce will be in charge of the new jet engine program that will incorporate next-gen engine technology like an optimised Thermal Management System and increased electrical power generation capability coupled with intelligent power management which will grant India access to the new engine that it can later use for its AMCA program.

The British Tempest Future Combat Air System programme, which was launched in 2018, has been the subject of discussions with India for some time as part of a broader push to attract international partners in the development of a combat jet with an in-service date of around the middle of the next decade.

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