by Staff Correspondent
IADB: HAL has placed an order for USD 716 million (Rs. 5375 crores) for 99 F404- GE – IN 20 engines and support services with GE aviation, USA to power Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
The contract was signed at the HAL corporate office. “This is the largest ever deal placed by HAL for LCA,” said Mr. R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL. The company is working closely with GE for its support to pursue export potential of LCA and to supply spares to the globally chain of GE 404 engines, he added.
The indigenously built Tejas aircraft is one of the best in its class globally, powered by F404 – GE – IN 20 engines and has been in service since 2004. Ordering of the engines marks a major milestone in the execution of 83 LCA contracts with IAF. The co-operation will be further enhanced with the manufacturing of GE F414 engines in India for the upcoming LCA MK II program.
Mr. Chris Cyer, Vice President, Business Development & Sales, GE Aviation who interacted virtually said his company is proud of the 16-year-old partnership with HAL and is happy to extend the relationship with this order. “The F404 family of engines has proven itself in operation all over the world and we have committed to deliver all 99 engines and support services by 2029,” he added.
The highest thrust variant of the F 404 family, the F404 – GE – IN20 incorporates GE’s latest hot section material and technologies as well as FADEC for reliable power and outstanding operational characteristic.,The F404 family engines have logged in more than 14 million engine flight hours, and has powered 15 different production and prototype aircraft.