- May 15, 2023
What is India's benefit by helping GE grow in India? India does not want MRO or assembly plants. The whole point of having defence equipments is to fight wars. If India can't fight wars unless USA agrees with it, it makes little sense to have defence equipments at all.True
F18 production is going down, on the other hand India need large amount of GE engines for lca, around 300 plus jets, TEDBF around 100 jets and AMCA, around 50 plus jets and SK also need F414 and in future India become second largest major operator of GE f414. GE already made deal with HAL for MRO facility for GE404 engines and next step is = manufacturing of ge f414 with HAL
All these will help GE to play dominant role in both military and civilian markets in India.
Moreover, all of India's planes need 110kN engines and 98kN ones won't cut it. 98kN F414 is a stop gap measure and is impossible to power 17.5ton MWF or 25+ton TEDBF with STOL