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India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is setting its sights on ambitious plans to co-develop a new engine for the 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program. This next-generation engine is poised to be a game-changer, boasting the highest DRY thrust (75kN) among contemporary aircraft in its weight class (around 25 tons).

AMCA is required to have a Supercruise Capability and the High thrust engine’s power will enable the AMCA to achieve supercruise, exceeding the speed of sound without engaging the afterburner. This translates to greater fuel efficiency and combat range during high-speed missions.

AMCA engine requires higher thrust because it also needs to Compensating for Environmental Challenges. India’s climate, particularly hot and dry conditions, can lead to power drop in jet engines. The high DRY thrust of the new engine effectively counteracts this issue, ensuring optimal performance.

When combined with the afterburner, the engine is expected to generate thrust levels comparable to the AL-31F engines currently powering the Su-30MKI aircraft. This adaptability ensures the engine’s relevance for future combat scenarios and paves the way for integration into Heavier 6th-generation fighter jets.

The co-development approach will see GTRE collaborating with a foreign engine manufacturer to leverage expertise and accelerate the development process. This collaboration is crucial for achieving the ambitious performance targets set for the AMCA program.

Success in developing this engine would be a significant milestone for India’s aerospace industry, marking a major step towards self-reliance in manufacturing high-performance jet engines.

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