India to Flight Test First Subsonic Engines For Military Drones


India will soon begin flight tests of its first 400 kg thrust class Small Turbofan Engine (STFE) as a power plant for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) targeted for subsonic applications. The state-funded Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) realised six prototype engines with 95% indigenous components last year.

The GTRE test was tested at Bengaluru in southern India as well as at Leh in northern-most India, according to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). “The GTRE tested the engine for max power setting at Bengaluru for 90 minutes continuous operation. During peak winter, the engine was tested at Leh at (-15 degree Celsius)”, DRDO’s statement read.

In March 2018, DRDO invited expressions of interest from Indian industries willing to work under technology transfer terms for manufacturing and assembly of the engine.

“Further efforts are on to flight test the engine and to manufacture the same through Indian industries,” the document read further. Read More

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