GE Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to manufacture fighter jet engines for the Indian Air Force. PM Modi’s US visit and MoU with HAL for Indian Air Force fighter jet engines mark a significant turning point in the bilateral defense collaboration between the United States and India. The CEO of GE Aerospace, H Lawrence Culp Jr., stated, “This is a crucial deal potentially generated by our longstanding collaboration with India and HAL.” The agreement will support GE Aerospace’s earlier commitment to build 99 engines for the Indian Air Force as part of the LCA Mk2 project.
GE Aerospace will jointly manufacture F414 engines for Tejas Mk2 fighter jets in India
This significant announcement coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States.
GE Aerospace reached an MoU with HAL
GE Aerospace disclosed on Thursday that it is reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to manufacture fighter jet engines for the Indian Air Force.
The contract covers the possibility of joint manufacturing of F414 engines from GE Aerospace in India.
In a press release, GE Aerospace stated that it is still working with the US administration to obtain the required export consent. The lightweight Battle Aircraft Mk2 program of the Indian Air Force includes the effort.
It marks a significant turning point in bilateral defense collaboration
According to the US organization, PM Modi’s official state visit to the US and the MoU with HAL to manufacture fighter jet engines for the Indian Air Force marks a significant turning point in bilateral defense collaboration.
The MoU’s declaration came before PM Modi’s Thursday bilateral conversation with US President Joe Biden.
CEO of GE Aerospace’s statement
H Lawrence Culp, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE and CEO of GE Aerospace, said, “This is a significant contract generated possibly by our longstanding relationship with India and HAL.”
“We are honored to contribute to President Biden and Prime Minister Modi’s goal of improving cooperation between the two countries. As we assist our clients in producing the highest-quality engines to meet the demands of their army fleet, we will provide both nations with significant economic and defense benefits thanks to our outstanding F414 engines.”
According to the press release, GE Aerospace has been active in India for over 40 years, participating in many sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, avionics, solutions, and local procurement. The declaration will result in more activity at several US amenities that presently promote research on the F414 engine, besides possible fresh initiatives in India, it said.
This deal will boost GE Aerospace’s earlier commitment
The contract will strengthen GE Aerospace’s earlier promise to construct 99 engines for the Indian Air Force as part of the LCA Mk2 program. The F404 engine, which currently drives the LCA Mk1 and LCA Mk1A aircraft, and GE Aerospace’s selection for the preliminary creation, evaluation, and authorization of the AMCA program with our F414-INS6 engine put the organization in an excellent spot to build a family of products in India.
The statement read: “GE will further cooperate with the Indian government on the AMCA Mk2 engine program.”
According to the press release, GE Aerospace and its subsidiaries have more than 40,000 commercial and 26,000 army plane engines installed.