Indeed its a moment of pride for India. Instead of taking pride in Formula One where nothing is Indian, plume in first jet engine made completely in India by Indians. The dream has finally come true for India and Dr. Mohana Rao after almost 20 years.
Dr. Mohana Rao saw a dream of creating a jet engine way back in 1989 when he was working as Junior Technician at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore. He worked hard since then to build a jet engine for Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
The Kaveri engine will be transported to a testing facility outside Moscow, Gromov Flight Research Institute. At this testing location an IL-76 aircraft will be there which will behold Kaveri as one of the four engines and will be tested for its in air capabilities. Meanwhile the capacities of the engine on ground have been tested. The engine is travelling all the way to Russia as India is not having the testing facilities. (You can imagine how costly the affair of transporting this engine to Russia can be)
(This is Kaveri Jet Engine manufactured in and by India)
But for DRDO this end to the story is a bitter one as this program was very much criticised. As this engine was supposed to be designed for Tejas and was to be of weight 1100 kg but finally came out to be 1265 kg. Similarly Tejas also grew in weight. This is the reason why the made for each other machines could not meet with each other. This is the main reason the DRDO is under criticism.
Now Tejas houses engine from American GE, GE 404-IN which is able to provide it the desired power. This can be an end to Tejas saga but what about Kaveri? Well, Kaveri is now thinking of rejuvenating. Rejuvenating will not be an exact word, but kind of thinking to get more powerful and aesthetic. For that it will require foreign expertise and technology and for that Kaveri or rather GTRE is thinking of joining hands with French aero engine major “Snecma”. Russia’s NPO Saturn was also in the race but India choose Snecma than Saturn.
This is really a success story for India and keeping criticism away from ears and in mind DRDO should walk along the development road.