ADA seeks partnership with Indian private industry for AMCA development

The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), under the Defence Research and Development Organisation, is seeking technology-cum-investment partners for speedy development and manufacturing of the country’s indigenous fifth generation fighter jet, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft programme (AMCA).

As of now, the aircraft is in an advanced stage of development, with the critical design review completed, and is awaiting approval for additional funds from the Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) to manufacture prototypes.

The AMCA has a budget of Rs 15,000 Crore for development of the prototype. However, even after the CCS nod, it will take at least four years to manufacture the first aircraft under the programme.

ADA has a 10-year roadmap for making the first five prototypes and flight testing.

Notably, the ADA is seeking a response from interested private players by February 28 2023, and has planned interactions on March 17th and 18th 2023.

The AMCA programme would be the first program in the country in fighter jet manufacturing arena that will be executed by a public-private joint venture.