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Posted on 02/06/2011 11:06:26 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Rolls Royce, Honeywell may enter fray to sell IAF engines
Rolls Royce and Honeywell Aerospace are expected to submit proposals for fitting new engines to Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar aircraft by March-April
Bhargavi Kerur & Aman Malik
Bangalore/New Delhi: Rolls Royce and Honeywell Aerospace are expected to submit proposals for fitting new engines to Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar aircraft by March-April, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. The requests for proposal (RFPs) for new engines on the deep penetration strike aircraft (DPSA) were issued towards the end of November or early December, they said.
Jaguars have flown with the IAF since 1979 and there are currently over 100 in service, all of them fitted with Rolls Royce Adour Mk 811 engines, most of which are near the end of their service life, according to the IAF.
While Rolls Royce is offering the Mk821, Honeywell is showcasing the F125IN. The firms will have to supply 250 engines (to equip 125 planes) and some spare ones over a period of six years. The cost of the programme is estimated at over $650 million (Rs2,960 crore). The IAF spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
Honeywell says its engine will improve mission performance, enhance pilot safety, reduce pilot workload and lower maintenance events and costs.
In 2009, the F125IN was demonstrated for the IAF in Bangalore. Honeywell collaborates with local firm Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to produce the TPE331 engine that powers the Dornier 228 aircraft built by the Indian company. Rolls Royce has installed and tested the Adour Mk821 engine in a Jaguar aircraft to prove its capability and suitability, according to a company release. The companys Adour Mk871 powers the British Aerospace advanced jet trainer (AJT) Hawk,
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