What happened to the Kaveri? Enclosed, please find a press release, dated 17th July, from the DRDO - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla - Strategy. Economics. Defence.

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Thursday 17 July 2008

What happened to the Kaveri? Enclosed, please find a press release, dated 17th July, from the DRDO


Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Bangalore of DRDO had been indigenously developing Kaveri engine for propelling the Indian Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas). As a spin off during development, a marine version has been evolved to develop shaft power for propelling Indian Naval ship.

Using the core of the Kaveri engine, the scientists of GTRE have added Low Pressure Compressor & Turbine as a gas generator and designed a Free Power Turbine to generate shaft Power for the maritime application. The Kaveri Marine Gas Turbine (KMGT) as it has been named has been transported to Naval Dock Yard, Vishakapatnam and installed on to the Marine Gas Turbine test bed which is an Indian Navy Facility capable of testing the Gas Turbines upto 25 MW of shaft power through a reduction gearbox and a water brake dynamometer.

The involvement of Indian Navy in the development of the engine including their participation during testing has given a tremendous push to the success achieved so far.

During the recent visit of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh to Naval Dock Yard, Vishakapatnam, Shri T. Mohana Rao, Director, GTRE has demonstrated the engine to the VVIP along with the Senior Naval Officers. The engine has been further tested to its potential of 12 MW at ISA SL 35°C condition which is the requirement of Indian Navy for propelling the SNF (Rajput) class of ships. This peak power was demonstrated to various dignitaries including the Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Shri M. Natarajan, Vice Admiral B.S.Randhawa, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Dr. D.Banerjee, CC (R&D) among others.

India will become self-reliant in this critical technology of Gas Turbines for ship propulsion with the support Indian Navy as a very active and participating user throughout the development. This will put India in the elite club of Marine Gas Turbine designers amongst USA, Russia, UK and Ukraine.


  1. Ajai, two ships (the third and fourth) in the series of the Car Nicobar class has been launched.
    Video can be seen here.


  2. Could u give an update about the Kaveri aircraft engine please ajaiji... we're dying to know whats going on with the P10 and its integration on LCA...

    KMGT was known for some time, and was pretty much certain to be successful since it doesn't need the high tolerances and extreme operating regime that an aircraft engine must sustain.

    However, it is the LCA Kaveri that concerns us - has it been cancelled quietly, what happened to that JV deal to save the Kaveri? Are there any problems?

  3. hey sniperz11, y aren't u active on Wikipedia? You say you've got work, but then you seem to be hanging out here

  4. hi Ajai, You look smart in TV. I have watched NDTV news many times and didn't realize that the 9'o clock news reader is you until today (when you told your name). I was in the impression that you are a journalist and won't appear as news reader.

  5. Invalid, the first thing you have to be... before you become a news anchor... is a journalist with some experience.

    Btw, it's not called news reader, the work description is "news anchor". If you saw the 9 o'clock news yesterday, you would have noticed that there were live discussions with politicians, with our correspondent at the IAEA. So the anchor is not reading out the news... he or she is questioning, shaping, and putting it all in context for the viewer.

    News readers were what the old Doordarshan had.


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