Kaveri Engine Development is on Track: Antony

By admin • August 26th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — Indian Defence Minister A K Antony announced in parliament that the development of the indigenous “Kaveri” engine for the ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is progressing satisfactorily. The “Kaveri” engine is being developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it has revealed the various technologies that have been successfully incorporated in the engine.

The DRDO has indicated that the Full Authority Kaveri Digital engine Control System (KADECS) has been designed and developed and all major engine sub-assemblies have been tested for aerodynamic performance and structural integrity. Besides, a host of critical technologies in the fields of instrumentation/measurement, health monitoring and data acquisition have also been developed. The DRDO elaborated that an adequate manufacturing technology base has been established. The DRDO has also developed twelve materials including Titanium, Steel and super alloys and they have been certified.

The DRDO also indicated that the ‘Kaveri’ engine has been integrated with the IL-76 aircraft at Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI), Moscow for ground and flight test which is expected to complete by October 2010. Besides, a successful test was carried out in February this year under simulated altitude and forward speed conditions of the engine.

The delay in the “Kaveri” engine production started with the non-availability of critical material, lack of manufacturing infrastructure for critical components and lack of infrastructure of engine testing and component / system level testing within the country. Also, due to the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ), foreign manufacturing agencies were not forthcoming.

Defence Minister A.K.Anthony has already indicated that the Kaveri engine being developed by the DRDO requires to be optimised for lower weight and higher performance so that it can be used for LCA ‘Tejas’ and possibly for India’s next generation combat aircraft.

About 1880 hours on engine test has been completed on various prototypes of Kaveri Engine. A total of eight Kaveri Engines and four core engines have been manufactured, assembled and tested till mid-2010.

Source: India Defence Online

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