Friday, October 01, 2010

GE Statement: F414-powered LCA’s Mission Superiority Enhanced With Indian Expertise

Just received this from GE: India's Aeronautical Development Agency has selected 99 nos. F414-GE-INS6 afterburning engines and kits to power the Mk II version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force.

Commenting on this development, John Flannery, President & CEO, GE India said, "The LCA selection is a big step forward for GE and demonstrates our strong commitment to India. GE Aviation will supply the initial batch of F414-GE-INS6 engines and the rest will be manufactured in India under transfer of technology arrangement."

The F414-GE-INS6 is the highest-rated F414 model and includes state-of-the-art technology to meet India's demanding Air Force and Naval requirements. Technical advances include a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) and added single-engine safety features.

"We are extremely pleased with the ADA's decision, and are confident that India's technical expertise will help enhance the F414-powered LCA's mission superiority well into the 21st century," said Tony Mathis, Vice President of Lynn Military Systems programs.

This selection follows earlier orders of 24 nos. F404-GE-IN20 engines in 2007, plus an initial 2004 purchase of 17 nos. F404-GE-IN20 engines to power a limited series of operational production aircraft and naval prototypes.

With more than one million flight-hours, the F414 engine continues to exceed United States Navy goals for reliability and time on wing. To date, more than 1,000 F414 engines have been delivered, supporting more than 415 aircraft in the fleet.

Eurojet statement here and newsbreak post on the F414 selection here.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Shiv,

F414-GE-INS6 engines?? Is this Indian specific variant equivalent to F414-EPE? Kindly clarify..

NJS said...

Regular and perfect updates .

saurav jha said...

Shiv..
Please provide any info. about this unheard model of 414.
I expected EPE/EDE to win..?
What is this ..? An existing model just renamed or, a completely new variant..?
Thanks in advance..

Anonymous said...

Well there is ToT!! Good decision. If EF wins MMRCA, then we will also get technology of ej200 engine.

Kartik said...

Any idea about what thrust rating the F-414-INS6 has ? He mentioned it is the highest rated F-414, but is that equal to the F-414-400 or the F-414-G produced for the Gripen NG, or the F-414-EPE that produces 26,600 lbs of thrust in AB ?

Anonymous said...

Highest-rated GE F414 = GE F414 EPE = ~118kN.

Unknown said...

According to GE official site, F414 variant is 35% more powerful than F404. The maximum thrust of F404 is 80.07 kn. And 35% of 80.07 is 28.12. Hence now it is confirmed that F414 thrust is 108.28 kn or 108 kn. So even if it is EPE or anything, the minimum thrust for tejas mk2 would be 108 kn at maximum.