At Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan (BVS) Expo 2015 held in Goa, spoke to GTRE officials who had participated in the Expo and in a candid admission to have confirmed that plans to test Kaveri engine on Twin engines fighter jets or Lca Tejas aircraft has been dropped permanently.

GTRE had plans to use retired Tejas PV-1 aircraft to test Kaveri engine, but MOD recently cleared closure of the ambitious engine development project undertaken by Bengaluru-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE).

When asked about future projects, GTRE officials said they are working on developing new engine for unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) funds for which have been cleared by MOD. While they refused to reveal thrust class of the new engine they will be developing for India’s UCAV program, but experts believe that it will be a 40 kN thrust class engine which will power UCAV.

GTRE officials confirmed that they are not working on any new engine project for fighter aircraft class. When asked about which engine will power India’s 5th Generation project? they claimed ignorance and confirmed that GTRE is not working on any new high thrust class engine for AMCA.

GTRE officials claimed that Kaveri engine was successfully tested by DRDO on 3rd November 2010 in flying test bed (FTB) IL-76 aircraft of Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI) in Russia. engine replaced one of the four engines in test bed aircraft was operational right from take-off to landing up to an altitude of 6km at speed of 0.6 Mach no and flew for a period of 1 hour. GTRE also further claims that more 57 hours of flight tests were covered up to 12km altitude at speed of 0.7 Mach.