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February 25, 2011

Ten fold increase in cost of Kaveri engine programme : Antony

(FrontierIndia) There has been an 10 fold increase in the Kaveri engine development program says the Defence Minister AK Antony. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha yesterday, Antony said that the indigenous Kaveri fighter aircraft engine programme has been delayed by 15 years. He blamed sanctions imposed by the United States, lack of skilled manpower and infrastructure for the delay..
“The project cost was revised to Rs 2,839 crore and the major reasons for time and cost overruns include sanctions imposed by the US, lack of skilled manpower and infrastructure, ab-initio development of engine,” said Antony.
The Kaveri engine meant for the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter programme was sanctioned by the government in 1989 and was to be completed by December 1996 at a cost of Rs 382 crore.
Antony informed that nine prototypes of Kaveri engines have been developed and about 1975 hours of testing has been conducted on them at ground and altitude conditions.

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