India to develop next generation fighter Jets
India is looking at a very tight deadline to develop next generation fighter jets for the air force and is seeking to leverage its requirement of over 450 new combat aircraft in the coming decade to develop an aeronautical ecosystem with the participation of the private sector.
- The Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project has been assigned an internal timeline to fly by 2027.
- It has been indicated that the first two squadrons of the fighters will be powered by an imported engine while the remaining five are likely to get an indigenous power plant.
- The air force is also looking at adding 6th-generation technology on its AMCA fighters.
- India is likely to produce its next generation of fighter jets in a private sector-led Joint Venture which could need investments of over Rs 2,500 crore. India’s leading aero manufacturer, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is currently working out the costs involved and the structure of the planned JV.