The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested an indigenously designed and developed Kaveri engine, developed for use on fighter aircraft.

The engine was tested during the flying test bed (FTB) trials at Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI), in Moscow, Russia.

The Kaveri engine replaced one of the four engines of a IL-76 aircraft, which was modified as a FTB for the trial.

The modifications on the IL-76 aircraft included instrumentation required for trials as well as integration of mechanical, electrical and fuel system.

During the maiden flight, the engine was tested from take-off to landing and flew for a period of over one hour up to at an altitude of 6,000m at a speed of Mach 0.6.

In the next few months, additional 50-60 test flights will be carried out on the engine to test its reliability, safety and airworthiness, in preparation for further flight trials with a fighter aircraft.