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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
21-December-2011 14:59 IST
Development of Indigenous Aero-Engine by DRDO
So far 9 prototypes of Kaveri engines and 4 prototypes of Kabini (Core) engines have been developed. Total 2050 hours of testing have been conducted on various Kaveri and Kabini engines at ground and altitude conditions for various requirements including performance, operability, endurance, environmental, etc. Two major milestones viz. successful completion of Official Altitude Testing (OAT) and completion of first block of flights of Kaveri engine in Flying Test Bed (FTB) has demonstrated the technological capability and maturity of this indigenous effort. Kaveri engine prototype (K9) was integrated with IL-76 aircraft at Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI), Russia and flight tests have been successfully carried out up to 12 km maximum forward altitude and a maximum forward speed of 0.7 Mach No. Twenty seven flights for 55 hours duration have been completed on IL-76. Critical subsystems and its associated knowledge know-how and know-why has been acquired in association with Indian public & private sector industries, including certification methodologies.

Presently, there is no dedicated Defence Research and Development wing for the Indian Air Force (IAF), All design and development projects for the IAF are undertaken by the DRDO.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Vijay Jawaharlal Darda in Rajya Sabha today.

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