Kaveri engine to power fifth generation aircraft

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 26, 2011 Published on January 26, 2011

Under development for over two decades, the indigenous fighter jet engine ‘Kaveri' will be used for powering the home grown fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

Being developed by DRDO's Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), the Kaveri was initially being developed for the LCA Tejas programme, but will now be used on the AMCA which is expected to be ready by 2016-17, senior officials told PTI here.

The AMCA is a twin engine indigenous fighter aircraft programme for which initial sanctions have already been accorded by the Defence Ministry, they added.

After not being able to get the desired thrust for powering fighter aircraft, the DRDO entered into a joint venture with the French engine manufacturers Snecma to further enhance its capabilities.

“In recent times, the engine has been able to produce thrust of 70-75 Kilo Newton but what the IAF and other stake holders desire is power between 90-95 KN.

“I think with the JV with Snecma in place now, we would be able to achieve these parameters in near future,” they said.

On using the Kaveri for the LCA, they said the engine would be fitted on the first 40 LCAs to be supplied to the IAF when they come for upgrades to the DRDO in the latter half of the decade.

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Published on January 26, 2011
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