General Electric officials will be down in India next month to advance talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the license production deal for the F414-GE-INS6 engines that will be used to power India’s upcoming Tejas MkII fighter jet.
Both companies are working on a licensing agreement that will clear the path not only to manufacturing these GE F414 engines in India but also to carrying out in-house repair and overhaul capabilities of the engine in the country.
General Electric already has delivered some engines to HAL after a deal for 99 F414 GE fighter jet engines to power the Mk II version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force was selected in 2010.
As per current negotiations will see nearly 150+ engines will be made locally in India due to the expected large order size for the Mk II version from the Indian Air Force and also due to this engine will being used on the TEDBF and AMCA fighter program also.
The F404-GE-IN20 incorporates GE’s latest hot section materials and technologies as well as FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) for reliable power and outstanding operational characteristics.