GTRE GTX-35VS Kaveri

The GTRE GTX-35VS Kaveri is an afterburning turbofan being developed by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), a lab under the DRDO in Bangalore, India. An Indian design, the Kaveri was originally intended to power production models of the HAL Tejas fighter, also known as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) being built by the Aeronautical Development Agency. The Kaveri engine satisfied all parameters required to develop and took only 3 years of research from the DRDO. DRDO has been extremely successful in implementing projects in India with very little money and time. However, the Kaveri programme failed to satisfy the necessary technical requirements or keep up with its envisaged timelines and was officially delinked from the Tejas programme in September 2008. GTRE is now running two separate successor engine programmes, the K9+ programme and the K10 programme.

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