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5th-Gen Aircraft To Be Fast-Tracked As DRDO, French Tech Giant Safran Set To Join Hands

As India looks to build its future fifth-generation fighter within its national boundaries, the country’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has begun work on setting up a new fighter jet engine complex to develop a 110 kilonewton powered engine.

Having seen neighbours China sailing ahead with the development of indigenously produced fighters, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had rolled out plans to build an advanced multi-role fighter which would be powered by a new indigenously produced engine and home developed weapon systems.

According to reports, the new fighter jet complex under the leadership of DRDO will be a part of the HAL Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program to produce future fifth-generation fighters, with advanced discussions already underway with a French manufacturer.

Under the programme, the new engine complex will take up to seven years to produce, with French engine manufacturer Safran offering a complete technology transfer to develop the engine and to use the offset credits from the French Dassault Rafale deal.

It is also looking to agree on a deal with HAL for the transfer of manufacturing technology for high-end engines.

As India looks to build its future fifth-generation fighter within its national boundaries, the country’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has begun work on setting up a new fighter jet engine complex to develop a 110 kilonewton powered engine.

Having seen neighbours China sailing ahead with the development of indigenously produced fighters, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had rolled out plans to build an advanced multi-role fighter which would be powered by a new indigenously produced engine and home developed weapon systems.

Source: Eurasian Times

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