SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment developed, Kaveri Derivative Engine will be heading to Russia’s top aviation institute, Gromov Flight Research Institute based in Zhukovsk for further testing on an Il-76LL (Flying Lab) aircraft with a Kaveri engine set in place of one of the plane’s engines in 2022 or 2023 said informed sources close to idrw.org. Kaveri Derivate Engine is a Dry Engine variant based on the K9 Core in development to power India’s first Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).
Kaveri engine was test-flown for 70 hours in a converted Russian IL-76 plane way back in 2010 but GTRE was unable to generate the required target thrust and was unable to fix last-mile technical issues with the engines required to power LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft due to which it was delinked from the LCA-Tejas program and the Kaveri engine program nearly closed.
UCAV Program came as a blessing in disguise for the Kaveri engine program, and fresh funds were sanctioned for the development of a Kaveri Derivate Engine that according to GTRE will get its Initial Flight Release (IFR) certification in 2024. Kaveri Derivative Engine can generate a 47kN class of Thrust and will be equipped with a Fluidic Thrust Vectoring exhaust nozzle.
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