August 21, 2013: A 'dry' version of the Kaveri turbofan engine will power the Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV). Defence Minister A.K. Antony has informed Parliament about a variant of the Kaveri devoid of reheat/afterburner. In March this year, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had announced, "India’s first indigenously designed and developed aircraft engine Kaveri is undergoing certification tests after series of successful flight trials." The DRDO, as earlier reported in SP's, is currently researching cornerstone technologies to make the IUSAV a reality.
The Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV), under ab initio definition and concept development by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bangalore under Project Director Dr Biju Uthup, is being envisaged and developed as a stealthy autonomous bomber aircraft, incorporating flying wing aerodynamics, low observable features, long endurance capabilities, and the ability to deploy precision guided weapons over enemy territory. Several laboratories under the DRDO will participate in this ambitious aeronautical project.