'India's fighter engine to be world class'
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'India's fighter engine to be world class'

US scientists had kept Kaveri's development under wraps, exuding confidence in India technological edge.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 14:23 IST

Though India's maiden bid to develop a fighter engine has been caught in various hurdles, American experts have offered some encouragement, holding out a promise that Kaveri can be developed into a contemporary world class engine.

"We are ready to join in partnership with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to make Kaveri work," General William J Begert of the world's leading aircraft engine manufacturers, Pratt and Whitney, said.

DRDO scientists had kept the development of the Kaveri engine under wraps, exuding confidence that India had developed the technological edge to develop its own aircraft engine, so far confined to handful of developed countries.

But after considerable in-house progress, with scientists even going in for a number of high-altitude proving tests in sites in Russia, the development almost came to a dead end forcing the DRDO to look for a technology partner.

American engine manufacturers had to pull out and fly in retired gas turbine engines as they, too, were intially foxed by the Indian Kaveri engine. Now they, too, believethat Kaveri is "truly a world class engine".

But, like the DRDO officials, they refuse to say where the Indian engineers had got stuck, merely commenting that the DRDO gas turbine technology is "truly Indian and a very responsive effort".

India's top defence scientist M Natarajan says that though DRDO had agreed to go in for international collaboration to make Kaveri airborne," the partners will have to work to our terms".

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 12:15 IST