HAL & GE Aerospace sign deal to manufacture fighter jet engines in India

As per the agreement, F414 engines will be co-produced in India and will be used to power Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Mk2. This major deal took place in the midst of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Aerospace, which is a subsidiary of General Electric to manufacture fighter jet engines for the Indian Air Force.

As per the agreement, F414 engines will be co-produced in India and will be used to power Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Mk2. This major deal took place in the midst of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States.

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As per the official press note by GE Aerospace the agreement “includes the potential joint production of GE Aerospace’s F414 engines in India”. The company has also stated that it is working with the government to receive the necessary export authorization for the same. The announcement is also part of GE Aerospace LCA Mk2 program under which it committed to build 99 engines for the Indian Air Force.

The deal is of a greater significance as China plans to diverse control over Indo-Pacific territory. It would also improve the effort of Defence and technology between India and US. Prime Minister Modi and his US counterpart President Joe Biden will be discussing related to a deal for MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones which is manufactured by General Atomics. The Defence pact also allows American Navy ships to undertake major repair projects at Indian Shipyards.

Both the leaders would also announce a series of deals to manufacture semiconductor units in the country and bring advanced technology to India.