The Indian Air Force (IAF) could start using a biofuel blend for a portion of its fleet in two years (10 per cent). By 2024, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) intends to start producing biofuel on a commercial level.
Air Vice Marshal SK Jain told the participants of the seminar that the IAF had already validated the fuel and was expecting its commercial production. He added, “A Dornier 228 plane’s engine is currently conducting testing.
The Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun, the Defence Research and Development Organization’s Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification, and the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance all provided their expertise to the validation and testing of the fuel.
The ultimate goal is to fly fighter aircraft fuelled on bio-jet fuel, similarly to what the United States Air Force (USAF) achieved in 2010. But, unlike the US, fuel in India would be generated from non-food items.