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Government seeks tie-up for Kaveri engine

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BANGALORE: The Government is planning to invite foreign partners to assist in the development of the indigenous Kaveri engine to power the supersonic Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas.

Although this will affect indigenisation, a partnership at this stage will help retain the essence of the Kaveri engine programme, aviation experts say.

Delivering the National Aerospace Laboratories' Foundation Day lecture here on Saturday, the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, M. Natarajan, expressed his support for a tie-up. Some international aviation companies were approached during the Aero India air show earlier this year for a partnership. The companies were showing interest after it was made clear that the DRDO was ready for a performance audit.

Mr. Natarajan said that the project had suffered due to a lack of confidence among engineers. "The engineers involved in the development of the Kaveri engine have been doing an excellent job. But, surely, there is a lack of confidence, because we have not so far put even a small gas-turbine engine of our own in an aircraft. This experience is lacking," he said. He said that ways of using the engine for more than one type of aircraft could be studied.

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