New Delhi: The DRDO-made `Kaveri` engine
could not be integrated with the indigenous Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) but it has provided a platform for the
development of gas turbine engine technology in the country,
Lok Sabha was informed today.
"Though the Kaveri engine was not fully meeting the
requirement of LCA `Tejas`, it provided a platform for gas
turbine technology development in India," Defence Minister A K
Antony said in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The design and development of Kaveri was sanctioned for
the LCA `Tejas` fighter aircraft programme.
Talking about the milestones achieved by the engine
project, the Minister said DRDO has tied up with a Russian
scientific organisation Central Institute of Aviation Motors
(CIAM) for fine-tuning of the Kaveri engine`s performance.
"This association brought the project in higher platform,
resulting in successful completion of one major milestone of
altitude testing, simulating Kaveri engine performance at
different altitude and Mach No," he added.
Antony said that one of engine prototypes `K9` is being
integrated with IL-76 aircraft at Gromov Flight Research
Institute in Russia for ground and test bed trials.