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According to recent reports from Times Now, French aerospace engine manufacturer Safran is emerging as a potential supplier for a new engine in India’s 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program. Safran has expressed its intention to offer full Transfer of Technology (ToT) for the co-developed engine, with no restrictions on sensitive issues.

Sources familiar with the matter have revealed idrw that India’s negotiation position has strengthened after securing an 80% ToT agreement for the F414 engines. Indian authorities are now determined to press for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and ToT at a level no less than 85-90% of the engine’s value in discussions with potential engine manufacturers, including Safran and Rolls Royce, who have expressed keen interest in participating in the program.

Rolls Royce has already committed to providing complete ToT and IPR for the proposed new engine. Their offer includes no restrictions on permission required for engine exports, which aligns with India’s aspirations for its future export programs.

General Electric (GE), which made a breakthrough with the F-414 engine deal in India, is also eager to contribute to the AMCA program. GE is proposing the F-414 EPE Core enhanced engine, capable of generating the higher thrust required by the AMCA fighter jets. As part of their commitment, GE has promised additional ToT as the program progresses, subject to India’s funding support.

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