While a large number of global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) echo the Indian government’s Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-sufficient India) slogans, British engine company Rolls-Royce has thrown its hat in the ring to design and develop engines for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), which will form the backbone of the IAF’s fifth-generation fighter fleet starting a decade from now.
“This is about co-creating the intellectual property (IP) that goes into a new fighter engine. This will be a greenfield design and will take a decade to create,” says Kishore Jayaraman, who heads Rolls-Royce India.
There is little appetite amongst combat aircraft engine makers to share the IP that results from a co-creation project. The US and India