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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has provided an update on the 25 kN Hindustan Turbofan Engine (HTFE-25), revealing that two core engines have been produced and are currently undergoing development trials. However, this information remains consistent with reports from the past 3-4 years, raising concerns about the program’s progress.

HAL initially set a target of 2025 for completing the engine’s development. Given the lack of significant advancement, achieving this goal seems unlikely.

The HTFE-25 program is internally funded by HAL, placing it outside the purview of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) review process. Additionally, the engine isn’t currently being developed for a specific program, eliminating pressure from external agencies like the Indian Air Force (IAF).

While has suggested potential use on the UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) program, HAL hasn’t confirmed this application.

Without a designated aircraft program for the HTFE-25, there’s less pressure to expedite development. While there’s speculation about its potential use in the UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) program, official confirmation from HAL is yet to come.