New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has created “GATET project” for delevoping technologies and components for an advanced gas turbine engine in India. On April, 2010, DRDO had launched the Rs 100 crore initiative to fund R&D projects in the area of gas turbines. Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), a laboratory of the DRDO has been designated as the nodal agency for the project. Under GATET, the Aeronautics Research and Development Board will fund the projects that needs an investment of Rs 50 lakh to Rs five crore.
While the GATET engine project is for future development of gas turbines. India is already developing Kaveri engine for its defence aerospace requirement. Kaveri Engine has been integrated with IL-76 aircraft Flying Test Bed (FTB) at Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI), Russia and undergoing tests. This engine is scheduled to be integrated into one of the Light Combat Aircraft prototypes for learning.
India is also in the process of creating another version of Kaveri engine with the French company Snecma. DRDO is expected to buy technologies from Snecma and help in adapting it to the Kabini core. The technology includes the know how for the critical single crystal blades. This version is scheduled to power the current and future combat aircraft programs. The engine also has a potential use in India’s stealth UCAV program “AURA.”