DRDO conducts Ist engine ground run of Naval LCA

The first Engine Ground Run of NP1 aircraft, conducted at about 1830 hrs yesterday.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Bangalore: The country`s first indigenous
effort to build a carrier borne naval fighter aircraft got a
fillip with the crossing of another significant milestone of
the first Engine Ground Run of the first LCA (Navy) prototype
NP1, DRDO said on Tuesday.

The team steering LCA (Navy) project comprises members of
Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, HAL, DRDO, Centre for Military
Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), Directorate General
of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA), CSIR Labs,
educational institutions, and other public and private sector
partners, a Defence Research and Development Organisation
statement said.

The first Engine Ground Run of NP1 aircraft, conducted at
about 1830 hrs yesterday at its scheduled time, had the
primary objective of checking aircraft to engine integration
and activation of the various systems like flight control,
hydraulics, fuel, electrical and avionics, which was
successfully achieved, it said.

"The aircraft will now go through a phase of refinements
based on feedback identified during the course of the build up
and also observed during the EGR, followed by a series of
final integration checks and taxi trials before its maiden
flight shortly", DRDO said.

PTI