New Delhi: The government will allow Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to become a co-development partner with established aircraft engine developers to give “initial impetus” to the development of aero-engines in India. It is just a proposal and it is not concrete.
HAL’s Engine Test Bed Research and Design Centre (ETBRDC) will work to produce the turbo-shaft engine for the proposed indigenous multi-role combat aircraft being designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).”Such an engine can alternatively be installed in the fifth generation fighter proposed to be developed jointly by India and Russia,” an official said.
ETBRDC is simultaneously being tasked to produce another twin spool turbofan engine to power an indigenous cruise missile. This engine will be jointly developed by the National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL) and DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE).