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    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India’s modern stealth fighter jet, is expected to make its maiden flight in 2032, local media reported Monday, citing a defense source.

    "The AMCA will feature geometric stealth and will initially fly with two GE-414 engines. Once we develop our own engine, it can be replaced with that. We expect the first flight in 2032," the source said, as quoted by The Hindu newspaper.

    The source added that the AMCA might later incorporate material stealth.

    READ MORE: Russia, India Engaged in Talks on 5th Generation Fighter Jet — UAC

    The aircraft will have GE-414 engine, which is currently being designed within the light combat aircraft (LCA) project, according to the source.

    The AMCA is now the only fifth-generation aircraft left in development after the joint India-Russia project was frozen, the media outlet said.

    The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project is part of India's current government policy, dubbed Make in India. Russia and India initially agreed to jointly design a fifth-generation jet, but the project was put on hold earlier in the day.


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