GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) has been awarded $105 million by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to develop engines for the country’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The development contract calls for GEAE to provide 17 F404-GE-IN20 engines, as well as logistics support. First engine delivery is scheduled for 2006. Limited Series Production of the LCA will begin in 2005. There is a potential for 250 LCAs for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
Flight-testing of LCA prototypes with an F404-GE-F2J3 engine began in 2001. To date, three LCA prototypes have completed more than 150 test flights, including supersonic flights. In all, seven prototype LCAs are scheduled to fly with F404-GE-F2J3 engines.
The F404-GE-IN20 engine for the Limited Series Production aircraft will be a variant of the F404-GE-402, modified to power the single-engine LCA with redundant features and a control system with an advanced FADEC (full authority digital electronic control).