DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher has confirmed Tejas-PV1 combat aircraft, currently used to test advanced electronic warfare suite (EW suite) by Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) will also be test bed aircraft to be used to integrate indigenously developed Kaveri engine .

According to Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (retd) in his Book ” The Tejas Story ” had mentioned that Tejas-PV1 was specifically designed to accommodate Kaveri engine in its engine bay but it later flew with American engines but it still has been maintained by DRDO due to this attributes of the jet, so it is not surprising so see oldest Flying LCA-Tejas aircraft been selected to become test bed for Kaveri engine .

Dr S Christopher has said rear fuselage of PV-1 which was modified to accommodate American supplied GE engines earlier will see changes now back to accommodate Kaveri engine which has be revived by joint Indo-French Aeroengine specialist as part of Dassault Rafale offset deal. in our previous report (Safran looking out for Program Manager for Kaveri Engine) had mentioned some first signs of movement in the Kaveri engine program after Safran advertised for a Project manager to handle Kaveri engine program which could see be ready by end of 2018 or early 2019 for Tejas-PV1 integration.

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