DROD: Air Force aircraft will be equipped with indigenous engines, all types of approvals received from America
DROD: The engines of the LCA Mark 2 and the first two squadrons of the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be produced domestically, the DRDO chief said on Saturday. This will give a boost to India's defense sector. Every type of approval has been received from America. LCA Mark 2 fighter planes will be deployed in the army in place of Mirage 2000 Jaguar and MiG-29 fighter planes.
In the coming days, Air Force fighter aircraft will be equipped with indigenous engines. This has been indicated by DRDO chief Dr Sameer V Kamat. The DRDO chief on Saturday said the engines of the LCA Mark 2 and the first two squadrons of the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be produced domestically. This will give a boost to India's defense sector. Sameer Kamat said every kind of approval has been received from America.
The engines for the LCA Mark 2 and the first two squadrons of the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft will be produced at the India-based plant. These engines will be jointly produced by American company General Electric (GE) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). On 30 August, the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the development of the LCA Mark 2 fighter aircraft. LCA Mark 2 fighter aircraft will be deployed in place of Mirage 2000, Jaguar, and MiG-29 fighter aircraft in the Indian Air Force.
Aeronautical Development Agency chief Girish Deodhare said that the LCA Mark 2 fighter aircraft development project has been approved by the government. This will pave the way for engineers to develop an advanced 17.5-tonne single-engine aircraft. Development of the new aircraft is to be completed by 2027. He said the government has approved the development of the prototype. The first sample is likely to be made in a year. The project is scheduled to be completed by the year 2027 after extensive flight trials and other related works.
DRDO believes that in terms of electronic system and capability, this aircraft will be like Rafale class aircraft, but will be lighter in weight. The government has also made it clear that after the initial stage of development, the engines used in the aircraft should be manufactured in India. DRDO will develop the aircraft with the GE-414 engine, which is an upgraded version of the GE-404. Currently, 30 LCAs are deployed in the Indian Air Force. Two are being used by HAL to develop the Mark 1A.