INDIA: A big step for the Indian Air Force has been taken by General Electric Aerospace which is a subsidiary of General Electric (GE). It made a big announcement on Tuesday and said that it will co-produce its F414 engines in India. They informed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This is happening at a time when Narendra Modi is in the United States. During his visit, he had a meet with several important personalities among the American business sector.
The announcement came in just one day after his meeting with the business executives. The executives included H. Lawrence Culp Jr, Chairman and CEO, General Electric and CEO, General Electric Aerospace. The subsidiary called the agreement as a major milestone. The F414 engines will be highly useful for Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk2 which is India’s indigenously-made. The agreement has also been called as ‘Historic’ by H Lawrence Culp Junior. He said that this is one of the “historic agreements that has been made possibly by our long-standing partnership with India as well as the HAL”.
40 years of GE Aerospace
In a statement, the GE Aerospace CEO said that they are very proud that they are playing a role in accompanying President Biden and Prime Minister Modi. In their vision of having stronger coordination between both the nations. India has been a home for GE Aerospace for more than 40 years now. Their has been engagements in engines, avionics, services, engineering, manufacturing, and local sourcing. There are two operating facilities in the country. One being in Bengaluru and another is in Pune.
From the year 1986, GE Aerospace has been collaborating with both Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) as well as HAL over India’s LCA project. First with the F404 engines, second with both F404s and F414s. In Bengaluru there is John F Welch Technology Centre which started in 2000. Meanwhile, in Pune there is a multi-modal factory which came into existence in 2015. Today’s announcement is a big step for both the Nations.