Kaveri engine flight test in May

Kaveri engine flight test  in May

"Kaveri engine will be flight-tested in the next one and-half months. It should be after middle of May, using the IL-76 aircraft in Russia”, said Rao.

The Kaveri engine, meant for the nation’s fighter jet, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, has completed all simulation and altitude tests. The altitude tests conducted at Russia in February were a grand success, according to Rao.

The GTRE has spent close to Rs 3,000 crore on the Kaveri project and is looking to bring down the weight of the engine by to 50 kg from 60 kg. "It (engine) has to be fine-tuned. We will go in for lot of optimisation in future. All engines have been tested to their full potential,” added Rao.

Rs 100 crore project
Meanwhile, the premier defence organisation has launched a Rs 100 crore initiative to fund R and D projects/ventures in the area of gas turbines.
“Under the initiative of DRDO's aeronautics research and development board, R and D projects which need investment of Rs 50 lakh to Rs five crore would be considered for funding,  GTRE, will spearhead this venture, for which Rs 78 crore has already been sanctioned. We have already shortlisted some projects. We hope to fund 40 to 45 projects," Rao said.

GTRE officials say the initiative is expected to fuel coherent directed research in the specialised area of gas turbines. This initiative envisages participation of 100 R and D centres, 1,000 scientists, engineers and technicians.
DH News Service

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