U.S. close to sealing jet engine deal with India
June 1, 2023 - The Biden administration is poised to sign off on a deal with India allowing General Electric to jointly produce jet engines for military aircraft in India.
A deal finalising the joint production of the engines is expected to be inked and announced by the time President Joe Biden hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an official state visit on June 22, according to three people briefed on the decision, Reuters said.
Giving details of the proposed defence deal, sources in the defence establishment said the plan is to manufacture the GE F414 engine, which was shortlisted by India in 2010 to power the Mark II version of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
Once its production starts in India, the F414 will power all future fighter jets including the Tejas Mk II, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) as well as the indigenous Twin Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) for the Indian Navy, according to Indian online newspaper The Print.
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