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French aerospace and defence multinational company Safran, in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a state-owned aerospace heavyweight in India, is actively seeking a partnership with a private Indian aerospace company specializing in the manufacturing of engine components, particularly combustors for the development of new high thrust engines for India’s AMCA program if India chooses to partner with them.

Safran and HAL had previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the previous year to initiate the joint development of this high-thrust engine. The co-development process is expected to involve Safran, the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), and a private Indian aerospace company. The engine’s production will be overseen by a joint venture plant between Safran and HAL located in Bangalore.

Safran has given a roadmap for the engine development and waits for the Indian decision. The engine, anticipated to generate a thrust in the range of 110-120 kN, will possess the capability to scale up to 130 kN to meet the requirements of future Indian manned and unmanned platforms in the era of 6th-generation platforms.

The co-developed engine will incorporate an Indian technology-based Wet section (Afterburner section), which will be integrated and optimized with an upgraded Dry Section (Core) based on the M-88 engine. This integration will enable the engine to generate high thrust while maintaining a cool temperature, meeting the thermal signature requirements of 5th-generation fighter jets.

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