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Adour MK 804 / MK 811 Engines of IAF Jaguar aircraft: Image courtesy HAL

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is pushing its plans to upgrade around 100 Jaguar fighter aircraft by equipping them with new Honeywell engines in a deal worth $783 million. The deal has been stuck for over six years now.

"The stuck project is being revived and pushed by the Air Force. A number of sticky issues with Honeywell have been sorted out and it is expected that there will be some movement forward in the deal in the coming times," a senior government official was quoted as saying by India Today Monday.

As per the programme, the Indian Air Force will re-engine around 100 of its Jaguar planes deployed in Jamnagar, Gorakhpur and Ambala with Honeywell power plants.

The Jaguars are currently powered by Rolls-Royce Adour 804/811 engines which are to be replaced with Honeywell's F-125N engine. The new engines are supposed to provide almost 1.5 times the power the existing engines provide to the aircraft.

"If upgraded and re-engined, the Jaguar can serve as a potent fighter while the government can go on deciding on new aircraft to be procured for the air force," a source said.

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