The Indian Air Force (IAF) issued the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the replacement of the engines of it’s fleet of some 125 Jaguar aircraft to Honeywell on Monday. The much-delayed RFP was issued after the withdrawal of Rolls Royce from the race for the contract in February, 2011.
The contract is to be executed in two phases. In the first phase, that of design and development, Honeywell will be required to conduct a trial modification of two Jaguar aircraft with its F-125IN engines, which is expected to be completed by 2015-2016.
The engines of the rest of the aircraft will be replaced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is the manufacturer of the aircraft, under transfer of technology from Honeywell, for which there will be back-to-back contracts between the two. HAL will be the lead integrator responsible for marrying the new engines with the aircraft.
The engine replacement of all the aircraft is expected to be completed by 2023. The total order will be for 270 engines, to cater for all the twin-engine aircraft and spares. While the value of the order is not known, it was estimated to be worth around USD 700 million in 2011.