An aerospace update from GE in India

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GE Aerospace’s F414 engines would be co-produced in India to power the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Mk2

GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp with Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his recent state visit to USA (Picture credit: @PMOIndia on Twitter)

GE Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to co-produce fighter jet engines for the Indian Air Force, a major milestone amidst Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent official state visit to the United States.

The effort is part of the Indian Air Force’s Light Combat Aircraft Mk2 program. The MOU was a major milestone amidst Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent official state visit to the United States and a key element in strengthening defense cooperation between the two countries.

“We are proud to play a role in advancing President Biden and Prime Minister Modi’s vision of closer coordination between the two nations. Our F414 engines are unmatched and will offer important economic and national security benefits for both countries as we help our customers produce the highest quality engines to meet the needs of their military fleet,” said Larry Culp, Chairman and CEO of GE, and CEO of GE Aerospace.


How RISE arose: The story behind decades of innovations

A prototype of the CFM RISE open-fan

GE Aerospace showed off its latest technologies recently at the Paris Air Show with a deep dive into the CFM RISE program. It aims to reduce fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions by over 20% compared to existing aircraft engines.

CFM International, a 50-50 joint company between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, unveiled the Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) program in 2021.

The groundwork for the CFM RISE program has been decades in the making. The innovations at the heart of the program – open-fan architecture, carbon-fiber composites, ceramic matrix composites, and additive technology – are the result of years of painstaking research, testing, and validation.

The open-fan architecture, also known as an “unducted fan,” was first developed by GE and Safran in the 1980s and derives its name from the absence of a case surrounding the fan. The architecture enables the engine to maintain the speed and performance of traditional turbofans while further increasing fuel efficiency and lowering carbon output.


Mohamed Ali shares his insights on the engineering opportunities at JFWTC

Mohamed Ali, VP of Engineering, GE Aerospace, on the engineering opportunity at GE's India Technology Center

We caught up with Mohamed Ali, Vice President of Engineering at GE Aerospace, during his recent visit to India. He shared great insights on the full 360-degree engineering opportunities at GE’s India Technology Center in Bengaluru. Tune in to hear his thoughts!


GE Aerospace survey finds broad industry alignment on sustainability

The survey shows broad industry alignment on and investment in sustainability.

Two years since the aviation industry set an ambitious goal of achieving net zero by 2050, GE Aerospace commissioned a global survey to examine the progress. The survey, conducted by Ipsos, shows broad industry alignment on and investment in sustainability.

Key findings from the survey reveal that 76% say the focus on sustainability has fundamentally changed the way the industry operates. 88% of companies already have a sustainability strategy in place, and 74% say their company sustainability investments will be maintained or grow even in the face of inflation or recession.

“These results show that the aviation industry is focused on the goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, while also recognizing the need to accelerate efforts and ensure all key stakeholders are on the playing field,” Allen Paxson, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Programs Strategy, GE Aerospace.


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