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The MoU signed between GE and HAL to manufacture the sophisticated F414 jet engine in India for its LCA Tejas Mk2 through an 80 per cent transfer of technology marks
an unprecedented turn in India-US strategic relations

Pradip R. Sagar

New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Jul 10, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 30, 2023 15:55 IST

An LCA Tejas Mk1 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force; (Photo: ANI)

An LCA Tejas Mk1 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force; (Photo: ANI)

A fighter jet engine is a complex technology monster that is notoriously difficult to build. Commercial jet engines are already a sophisticated affair, but a fighter jet is called upon to do many things its civilian cousin is not: travel many times faster than the speed of sound, be up for rapid acceleration and deceleration,and all of that at the super-high temperatures and pressures that altitudes soaring above 50,000 feet can bring. Fighter jet engines, thus, need bionic levels of efficiency, power and reliability. It’s a combination India has so far not been able to put together by itself despite three decades of research and development.

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