Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Official: Kaveri Will Power India's UCAV

Two bits of information from the government landed today confirming that India's in-development Kaveri turbofan is being officially looked at, in modified form, to power the country's secret stealth UCAV, codenamed AURA, a programme that was first revealed here on Livefist.

First, Indian defence minister A.K. Antony told Parliament today, "Kaveri spin-off engine can be used as propulsion system for Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (USAV)." (Never a shortage of acronyms in Indian defence projects).

A few hours later, a few kilometres away at the headquarters of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), as part of an annual awards ceremony, scientist Vikram Singh of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) received the Young Scientist Award for his "valuable contribution in design of a controllable flying wing UCAV configuration for KAVERI Engine."

Art / Anurag Rana

42 comments :

Anonymous said...

Excellent, wondering when this will operational.. This will be a force multiplier for the armed force.

Regards,

Sachin

Anonymous said...

kaveri engine can power only to toy airoplane

Soumya pandit said...

Shiv sir is maitri Qrsam project cancelled?

Anonymous said...

can u cofirm its K9 or new eco core one

joydeep ghosh said...

@shiv Aroor

This is really good piece of news, it means Kaveri engine (modified) will still be in use.

But I have 2 querries

1. Will Kaveri power the 2 engine AMCA?

2. Is it true IJT Sitara project has been asinged to dustbin?

Hope to get answers

Thanks

Joydeep Ghosh

Anonymous said...

The same story has continued for more than 40 years with tejas. We want a confirmed deadline for the AURA induction.

Muski said...

Hope its K9 with reworked Kabini core. Whatever ToT we get with K10 Snecma tieup (hopefully SCB tech) should be used to rework on K9 to improve it to (hopefully) eco standard.
In my opinion Aura is good 10 years away so i guess if we get K9+ ready in 5 years that would do....

hope for the best.

Anonymous said...

In the end will the Kaveri engine be more costlier than the UCAV itself? And lets take another 15 years to make it a reality.

Anonymous said...

Not a very well kept secret, this "secret project" AURA, eh?

Murali said...

Hello delays... :)

Anonymous said...

Sometime ago, i heard that
we have produced a new version
copy of the Russian NPO Saturn
36MT turbofan for drones. Now
it says that Kaveri will power
them...hmmm what is this
scant pieces of info?

Anonymous said...

@ anon 5:31pm

First learn to spell properly,
you hoodlum. Then you can
think of deciding what Kaveri
will power. Strange comments
from you pakistanis who can't
even built a small car engine,
but are ever-ready to comment
on India's jet engines.

Anonymous said...

2014 is the date for make Rustom-h what is the date for this ucav flight 2020

Anonymous said...

2014 is the date for make Rustom-h what is the date for this ucav flight 2020

Mr. Ra said...

Good news! I hope the suitable Kaveri engine and UCAV both will be ready in time. This time no kolavari please and no shifting of the targets at least for the first variant. The architecture shall be open from the word go.

Anonymous said...

will be ready by 2112 :-)

Anonymous said...

umm...that means it's not a copy...so far so good..

Anonymous said...

The kolaveri engine.

Just got confirmation that nothing is happening in GTRE.

They are busy organizing all sorts of seminars and pocketing sponsorships.

Abid said...

@Shiv... How is it possible to put a Jet Propulsion engine in small crafts like UAV/UCAV. All UCAVs engine run on heavy fuel, and not on the Jet Kerosene / JT2 etc, as popularly assumed by people.
Moreover, putting a jet engine on a plane imparts high specific impulse, an a very high True Air Speed. Therefore, to control and maneuver such high speed crafts by remote signalling is not an easy job. The technologies are quite not available in India. Even till now the most popular UCAV is PREDATOR, which get its thrust from PUSHER type propeller. Doesn't it seem that DRDO is fooling us around.

Anonymous said...

i see so many questions in the comments page!!! but all unanswered..Shiv i do understand u r busy man getting all that great stuff but do take a look on the page and answer atleast 2 out of 15 comments...LOL

Ur Big fan

Anonymous said...

The Kaveri engine will be used to power the flying car, being developed by a private entrepreneur in Bangalore.

It is being designed to run on a mix of LPG and petrol.

The single engine vehicle will feature the kaveri engine working on the tornado principle.

Test flights are being carried out at Jakkur aerodrome.

Last year r k singh allotted free space for the flying maruti at aero india.

Picture:

http://chhindits.blogspot.in/2011/02/flying-maruti-at-aero-india.html

Read More at:
http://expressbuzz.com/topic/flying-maruti-car-at-aeroindia-this-year/244233.html

prodyut said...

Over the years I have come to believe these "big" projects are nothing but procedures to syphon funds to whichever ( they are all very secular in this respect) party which is in the centre.With elections round the corner who will blame the poor politicians for their anxiety to retain their jobes. They have families and children too! Naturally the Technostructure will have their pound of flesh.So we have these NREGA programmes for the well connected. If I had money I would have bet that we never see an operational frying pan let alone an UACV.

Anonymous said...

So most of them will go down the Kaveri river

Anonymous said...

It's official – but it's also embarrassing nonsense... an engine that doesn't work for a programme that doesn't exist and another DRDO shambles in the making. Why do you allow this madness to continue?

Anonymous said...

Mere possession of Blue prints means little. Any tech transfer is not merely transfer of drawings,but of tooling,machining and transfer of the many parameters of the manufacturing process.The forging temperatures,times ,pressures are factors that are critical and built up over time and with expert knowledge.Full TOT transfer takes years and with active participation of the original manufacturer.
Due to the Bofors scam and banning of Bofors,the tech transfer was never operationalised beyond transfer of plans.

A 155mm Gun is not a bunch of Lego blocks that one will snap together with a drawing as a guide.

The OFB made a mess of forging T72 gun barrels, and several burst as critical temperatures were not maintained during forging.
So imagine what OFB would be able to do with just a bunch of line drawings.

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Anonymous said...

Shiv any news on naval lca is it also dead like sitara

Anonymous said...

@ anon 8:58 PM

It should be "build" and not "built". Please improve your own English before surmoning the Pakis.

Hindustani

Anonymous said...

Will Aura use a single Kaveri or 2? We should have a series of UCAVs in different weight and size categories.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the scientist Vikram Singh. AURA will be a great success.

Anonymous said...

Judging by your english you are either from pak or chn

Unknown said...

Err... Shiv, what do you mean 'secret' stealth UCAV. Even before the design was finalized, its name and various details were being discussed on Livefist and elsewhere. Hardly secret.

sntata said...

It is great news! It is heartening to know that all the effort and money that went into development of Kaveri engine has not gone in vain.

Avinash said...

Would love to see them fly... this is good stuff...Good luck for those who are involed.

Anonymous said...

Another piece of News from ur govt ! That's all this is....wat we need is a complete ecosystem for defense...from universities conducting research....to private companies...having tieups with those univ so there won't b any need for govt funding.......wat say?

Anonymous said...

sing a song!!! Kaveri kaveri di!!! adi adi!!!! thirty ears no signu no signu ,,,,kaveri di di adi...whatu GTRE ..whatu drdo,,,onlee advertisementsu...kaveri di adi.....

Anonymous said...

What the f**k is secret

prodyut said...

I am further reminded of dear C.Northkote Parkinson. He wrote about an imaginary Defence Science Laboratory presumably in the UK tasked to develop Rocket Fuel. After many delays,twists and turns where the Scientists play the condescending tyrants it turns out that the rocket fuel is a hopeless dud. Not to be beaten the Scientists say ".... but we find it is an excellent Paint Remover...". Forty years ago I thought Parkinson was joking.....

Anonymous said...

Kaveri engine can power to your whole country fool, and kolkata based research institute have made a breakthrough in science and had discovered a technolngy to make an aircraft unrecognizable under power radar system and pakistan can only dream of such technos.

Anonymous said...

After rigorous re-modelling, testing, brain-storming and all the lot, India's UCAV will emerge as a mini-micro flying thing. That will be used by the Weather Dept to replace weather balloons.

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