U.S. Aerospace Engine Major has applied for Technology Transfer clearance for the F-414 engine and F-414-EPE [Enhanced Performance Engine], which will pave the way for the company to not only set up a local manufacturing plant jointly in India with India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), but also manufacture niche core engine section in the country.
F414-INS6 engine, an India-specific engine that will include single-engine safety criteria, higher performance, and greater durability, will be the first to be locally manufactured in India under ToT agreements that will allow India’s HAL to manufacture this engine from RAW material stages and also manufacture engine spares.
The F414-INS6 engine is a 98kN thrust engine that will be utilised in India’s planned Tejas Mk2, TEDBF, and AMCA Mk1 fighter jet programmes.
For AMCA Mk2, GE intends to propose employing a baseline F-414-EPE that can generate 116kN class of thrust with an expanded core section so that it may be upgraded to 130kN class of thrust in the future for India’s 6th gen fighter programme.
The F-414-EPE-based engine will contain Indian-made technology such as a fan section and afterburner section and will have the same dimensions as the F-414-INS6 engine, allowing engine swaps to be undertaken on the Tejas Mk2, TEDBF, and AMCA Mk1 fighter jets when they are due for their Mid Life Upgrade (MLU).