India and the United States are all set to collaborate on the production of fighter jet engines, sources were quoted as saying by CNBC-TV18. Under this arrangement, General Electric and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will transfer approximately 80 percent of the jet engine technology by value.
“The deal, which will be signed between General Electric and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will entail 80 percent transfer of jet engine technology by value,” said the sources.
However, the official announcement is yet to be made by both the countries. The Indian government is likely to make an official announcement during the state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As per the sources, the deal could be worth $7 billion, however, both the parties are negotiating payment mechanisms, machinery procurement and tech transfer. The sources further said that the US engine technology has never been shared this widely with any other country.
“This level of technology transfer has not been given by the US, the UK and France to any country,” the source added further.
Special coating for erosion and corrosion, repair technology for turbine, compression disc and blades, coating and machining of single crystal turbine blades are some of the aspects of GE jet engines that will be provided to India and HAL.
Source : Jagran