i presume unkle is going to come up with restrictions for Tejas exports
GE wants to sell engines, that's how they make money and they will have influence in US to allow India to sell planes in some cases. So, it will not be a blanket restriction but definitely there is scope for India to sell planes. Unless we make effort, how will we know what we are up against.
the tejas uses a military specific engine. It is an item that is mandatorily subject to ITAR.
It needs specific clearance from the the U.S. Department of State. It cannot be decided by India alone. Moreover, our wonderful public sector production rates for the tejas are nothing to boast about.
The three primary sources of export control regulations are the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the U.S. Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR),
and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).
EAR: How They Differ. It's easy to say that ITAR covers the export of all defense-related materials and items, and EAR covers everything else. Regulated Items: ITAR covers all defense articles and services, while EAR covers commercial and dual-use items and technologies.
This is a pointless discussion and speculation on how foggy bottom
will enforce ITAR with regards to India is futile. we just have to wait and see. It will take a very major diplomatic wrangling to make it happen and perhaps many years of "discussions".
even if you export tejas with a french/any "other" country engine, you will run into a similar set of major problems.
just be aware that re export of a US made mil engine from India is not without major challenges under ITAR, least of all which is an end user's certificate which India has to sign even for the tejas flying here and it may involve onsite inspections at the discretion of the seller.
Quoting examples of other countries does not help. their situations are very different. the KAI-T-50 is a joint korean US company's development project with LM as a JV partner there, whereas the tejas is not a JV with any non Indian company.
foggy bottom has never been particularly India friendly at any time and currently, India is merely the flavor of the month and a new owner has just taken over the business who may well have his own "family" take on all things chinese, in which case, all bets are off.