India’s indigenous fighter jet engine, Kaveri, is to power the home-grown fifth-generation advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA).

DRDO’s gas turbine research establishment (GTRE) is developing the engine, which was initially planned for the light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme.

The indigenous fighter aircraft engine programme was began in 1986, and the engine is capable of producing thrust of 70kN-75kN.

About 50-60 test flights will be conducted in the coming months to check the engine in terms of reliability, safety and airworthiness.

The engine will also undergo further flight trials with a fighter aircraft, according to the Press Trust of India.

The AMCA is a twin-engine indigenous fighter aircraft programme, which is expected to be ready by 2017.

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Kaveri will be fitted on the first 40 LCAs to be supplied to the Indian Air Force (IAF) as part of an upgrade programme in the latter half of the decade.