Last month, DRDO laboratories and major private sector companies brainstormed for two days to prepare a roadmap for the development of aero engines for UCAV and combat jets in the country and one of the most important aspects all agreed upon was the procurement of a flying test bed aircraft that can be used to test engine so to reduce dependency on Russia for high altitude testing of the engines.

Aero-engine consortium that will be part of the development of 110kN thrust class engine for India’s 5th gen AMCA program agreed to need to have an engine testing infrastructure in place to make India less dependent on other countries for engine development.

India is looking to procure nearly 1000 engines for its combat jets that will be made in India for which it is required to have all testing facilities in place in the next few years including procurement of a dedicated aero engine flying test bed for all future engine programs.

Aero-engine consortium also recommended that Private sector companies be allowed Transfer of Technology (ToT) from the Defence PSUs to manufacture engines for the country’s cruise missiles to UCAV programs.

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