India-France Cooperation on Advance Aeronautical Technologies

India and France have embarked on a ground-breaking collaboration to advance aeronautical technologies. This joint development aims to enhance the defense capabilities of both countries, particularly in the areas of combat aircraft engines and engines for the Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH). The announcement was made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris, and it marks a significant milestone in the defense partnership between the two nations. 

GE Aerospace Agreement for F414 Engines 

In a major development, General Electric (GE) Aerospace has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to produce F414 engines. These engines will be utilized in the Indian Air Force’s Light Combat Aircraft Mk2 jets, and the agreement includes an 80% technology transfer. The F414 engines boast a thrust of 98 kN, making them a valuable addition to India’s defense capabilities. 

Talks with Safran SA for AMCA Mk II Engines 

India has been in discussions with Safran SA, a renowned French aircraft engine manufacturer, for the development of engines for the AMCA Mk II. The AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) is India’s futuristic fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The discussions focus on achieving full technology transfer for the engines, as the AMCA requires a thrust of 110 kN. This collaboration reflects India’s commitment to building a self-reliant defense industrial base. 

Industrial Cooperation for IMRH Program 

Under the Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) program, France’s Safran Helicopter Engine is playing a vital role in industrial cooperation. The collaboration aims to support the motorization of heavy-lift helicopters. HAL and Safran Helicopter Engine have finalized a shareholders’ agreement pertaining to the development of engines. This cooperation will contribute to the revival and preservation of the indigenous Namda craft in Kashmir. 

Future Prospects and Collaborations 

The joint statement highlights the trust and commitment between India and France in sharing and jointly developing critical defense components and technology building blocks. It also emphasizes the success of previous collaborations, such as the transfer of technology for the Shakti Engine, which powers helicopters built by HAL. Furthermore, the delivery of 36 Rafale aircraft and the construction of Scorpene submarines are celebrated as significant achievements in military aviation. 

Exploring Ambitious Projects for Defense Cooperation 

India and France are committed to pursuing more ambitious endeavors in order to enhance the growth of the Indian submarine fleet. Collaboration between Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) and Naval Group France is underway to fulfill the requirements of India and international naval forces. This collaboration in the field of surface ships underscores the commitment to defense industrial cooperation. 



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