SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
The Narendra Modi government is set to form a committee of gas turbine engine enthusiasts from various government bodies who will decide the future course of development of the military-grade indigenous aero engine for prestigious programs like AMCA/MCF/UCAV program in near future after development of GTX-35VS Kaveri engine with investment of over 3000 crores couldn’t come up with desired thrust requirements to be used on LCA-Tejas Platform said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.
Scientists from across the organization from all over India, recently meet and argued government to kick start long-pending indigenous aero-engine program in the country and feared that India will be left behind if it fails to follow up with follow up engine projects for its indigenous aircraft programs after GTX-35VS Kaveri engine was not able to meet program requirement and had to be delinked from LCA-Tejas project.
idrw.org has been informed that Scaled-down Dry variant of the Kaveri engine will be developed to be used on power India’s first unmanned combat aircraft which is capable of delivering bombs as well as tackling aerial threats, as part of a project that envisages major participation of the private sector.
GTX-35VS Kaveri engine was able to demonstrate in-ground trials thrust levels of about 75 Kn from the desired 89 Kn. while it won’t be enough to be used on LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft but DRDO plans to integrate and test the engine onboard old LCA-Tejas PV-1 Prototype which has been retired from the LCA-Tejas program but was revived again in 2014 to be used for testing of Advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by the DRDO.
HAL also has successfully achieved running of its Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine – HTFE 25 Core-2 engine up to 100% with IGV modulation in March 2019 this year. HAL plans to use HTFE 25 engines to power long-delayed HJT-36 Sitara subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft and also use a modified turboprop variant of the HTFE 25 engine for its HTT-40 Turboprop Basic Trainer Aircraft which is likely to be cleared for user trials by end of this year.
GTRE developed Small Turbo Fan Engines (STFE) aka Manik engine capable of generating 4.25kN Thrust has completed its’ developmental ground-based testing and will be now used on India’s home-made subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay in its next developmental trial later this year. STFE will be replacing Russian supplied NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine but also used HAL developed PTAE-7 Turbojet engine in one of the trials.
ADA and DRDO want a new engine which is capable of generating 110 kN of Thrust for its AMCA 5th generation Stealth program but is yet to select engine manufacturer for the program yet. Many OEMs have offered to jointly develop a new engine for the AMCA program but India is yet to take a call on development of a new engine with a foreign partner.
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