India to use Kaveri Engine to power FUFA Aircraft

On ongoing Ukraine Russia war might have delayed Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) plans to commence high altitude trials of the Dry Kaveri Engine that is currently generating 46 kilo Newtons of thrust on using a Russian ilyushin IL-76 transport aircraft, as a testbed nearly 12 years after its first such trials in 2010, but the redesigned Kaveri engine core that GTRE has now is much more stable engine and has all technical issues related to the noise at high throttle testing and combustion flicker has not only been fixed but have been validated multiple times on the ground rig trials of the engine.

GTRE had planned to complete the initial flight release by end of 2024, which now might be slightly delayed but it’s important that the engine in terms of reliability, safety, and airworthiness is tested on the flying testbed. The pilot controlled the engine from the cockpit, and several taxi trials will need to be carried out before the flight.

DRDO GTRE already has developed a new fan section with an improved radar cross section and is also working on a new afterburner section for the engine which when engaged will be able to deliver 76 kilo Newton of thrust which might not be sufficient to be equipped on manned fighter jets like LCA Tejas Mk1A but can be used on unmanned platforms like Futuristic Unmanned Fighter Aircraft (FUFA).

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