India Eyes Indigenous Manufacturing Of Aircraft Engines

Swarajya Staff

Feb 15, 2023, 11:12 AM | Updated 11:12 AM IST

A model of India’s Kaveri engine. (@Aerodynamic111/Twitter)
A model of India’s Kaveri engine. (@Aerodynamic111/Twitter)

The Ministry of Defence is working on the details of indigenous manufacturing of aero-engines to provide a new fillip to the aerospace sector and achieve complete self-reliance, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said.

Singh was addressing a seminar titled ‘Indigenous Development of Futuristic Aerospace Technologies including Way Forward for Development of Indigenous Aero Engines’, organised DRDO as part of 14th Aero India in Bengaluru on Tuesday (14 February).

Singh stated that after completing 75 years of independence, India is entering ‘Amrit Kaal’ and it is time to ensure that Indian aircraft fly with indigenously-made engines.

He also stressed on the need to focus on indigenous design and development of essential weapon systems using niche technologies like Artificial Intelligence, drones, stealth, hypersonic and quantum computing.

The Defence Minister exuded confidence that the DRDO, with its capability and dedication, will soon make quick progress in that direction and add to the list of its achievements that include ‘Prithvi’, ‘Akash’ and ‘Agni’ missiles.

He also exhorted the DRDO to encourage start-ups and new R&D establishments to develop incremental innovations, minor sub-systems and their technologies through schemes like Technology Development Fund and Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX).

“DRDO is no longer just a service provider for defence R&D. It is now also a facilitator for in-house industrial R&D, start-ups and private sector labs. There is a need to take advantage of this synergy,” he said, according to a Defence Ministry release.

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