Private players to be a part of India’s stealth fighter jet programme
Source – India today
Developers of India’s stealth fighter jet have opened doors for private players. The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), under development by the Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) for close to two decades, is a fifth-generation, medium-weight, multirole, and twin-engine aircraft. The AMCA will put India in a select group of countries with super-cruise and stealth aircraft capabilitiesâ€”the others being the US, Russia and China.The jet is in an advanced stage of development, with the critical design review completed. It’s awaiting nod for additional funds from the Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) to manufacture prototypes. To keep the programme running smoothly, the ADA has opened doors for private players to join them in development of the jet.“To accelerate the development and production of the AMCA, the ADA is looking for interaction with prospective firms who are willing to participate as technology-cum-investment partners towards development and manufacturing of the AMCA,” the ADA stated in its notification, adding that it was looking for Indian companies only.