SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Chief of Defence Staff for the UK, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, who recently visited India, announced that the proposal for joint development of a jet engine with India has received the highest clearance from the authorities. The program will grant India not only intellectual property rights for the product but also factor in export clearance so that it can be sold without requiring permission from the UK.
In what appears to be a criticism of the US administration’s export control laws aimed at protecting national security, which often restricts the export of systems developed or funded by the US government or multinationals, Radakin reminded India that such export clearance is difficult to obtain from others.
The engine war has been heating up recently, with the Chairman of Safran Group, Ross McInnes, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a technological partnership with Safran in defence and space. There has also been a push for joint development of a new engine for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program, which the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and Safran have discussed at length recently, as the program is set to go official soon.
The Pentagon has already cleared General Electric’s proposal for joint development of the new engine for the AMCA program, and final clearance awaits from the Biden administration. Many congressmen have already supported strategic partnerships with India on critical technologies like engines to counter growing Chinese ambition in the region.
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