India is close to sealing an agreement with France for the joint development of a 125KN engine for the indigenous fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), according to defence officials..
The Defense Research Organization (DRDO) and Safran, a French engine maker, may be collaborating on the aforementioned transaction, which is likely to be finalised in the next two months.
The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft programme is an Indian effort to produce fifth-generation fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force and Navy, as well as sixth-generation specialty technology.
The original concept featured a twin-engine stealth aircraft with an internal weapons bay and Diverterless Supersonic Intake, which was proposed in 2009. According to reports, the final design is now complete, and the 25-tonne aircraft would have an internal payload of 1,500 kg and an exterior payload of 5,500 kg, with 6,500 kg of internal fuel.
The AMCA will be available in stealth and non-stealth versions, and will be produced in two phases: an AMCA MK1 using an existing GE414 engine, and an AMCA Mk2 with a more sophisticated, more powerful engine that will be collaboratively developed.
Officials stated that once the agreement with France is finalised, development of the aircraft and engine will proceed in parallel to meet the deadlines. The aircraft will be manufactured and produced through a Special Purpose Vehicle, which will also incorporate private sector.
Safran and HAL collaborated on the Shakti engine, which powers the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter and its variants.
India will have the world’s fifth Generation technologically advanced aeroplane. The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, the Chinese Chengdu J-20, and the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 are the only operating 5th generation fighters as of December 2020.