State-run aerospace giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) today said it has placed an order of Rs 5,375 crore for 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines and support services with US GE Aviation to build the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft. (LCA) to drive.
The contract was signed today in Bengaluru at the HAL Corporate Office, the company said in a press release.
“This is the biggest deal ever and the purchase order that HAL has placed for LCA,” said HAL Chairman and General Manager (CMD) R Madhavan.
The company is working closely with GE Aviation for its support to pursue LCA’s export potential and also to provide spare parts to the global supply chain of GE 404 engines, he said.
The domestically built Tejas aircraft is one of the best in its class worldwide, powered by F404-GE-IN20 engines and has been in service since 2004, HAL said.
Ordering the engines marks an important milestone in the fulfillment of 83 LCA contracts with the Indian Air Force (IAF), the company said, adding that the collaboration will be further enhanced with the production of GE F414 engines in India for the upcoming LCA MkII program.
Chris Cyr, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, GE Aviation, who had virtual contact, said his company is proud of its 16-year partnership with HAL and happy to expand its relationship with this new order.
“The F404 engine family has proven itself in operations around the world and we have committed to deliver all 99 engines and support services by 2029,” he said.
The F404-GE-IN20, the highest thrust variant of the F404 family, incorporates GE’s latest hot section materials and technologies, as well as FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) for reliable power and excellent operational characteristics.
The F404 family’s engines have completed more than 14 million flight hours and powered 15 different production and prototype aircraft, the release said.
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