The administration of Emmanuel Macron gave Safran the go-ahead to jointly research, test, produce, certify, and manufacture an engine that will power India’s AMCA.One of India’s closest allies, France, made an offer well in advance of the ground-breaking GE-414 engine contract with the US, according to persons with knowledge of the situation on Saturday. This was before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day trip to Paris.
The government of Emmanuel Macron has given the defence industry giant Safran the go-ahead to jointly design, develop, test, manufacture, and finally certify an engine that will power both the twin-engine Advanced Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and the twin-engine deck-based fighter for Indian aircraft carriers.Although the government is keeping quiet about the contract, reliable sources have stated that the French company Safran’s 100% technology transfer offer is exempt from US International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR) and that the proposed 110 kilonewton engine will be entirely “Made in India”.
On the eve of the just finished 2023 Paris Air Show, DRDO Director Dr. Samir V. Kamat paid a special visit to the Safran engine production and the R&D facility close to Paris. The engine idea has been the subject of discussions with France under the direction of the NSA and the defence minister.
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