DRDO Conducts First Engine Ground Run Test OF LCA (Navy) Prototype NP-1

The country’s first indigenous effort to build a carrier borne naval
fighter aircraft got a fillip with the crossing of another significant
milestone of the first Engine Ground Run of the first LCA (Navy)
prototype NP1, DRDO said today.

The team steering LCA (Navy) project comprises members of Indian Navy,
Indian Air Force, HAL, DRDO, Centre for Military Airworthiness and
Certification (CEMILAC), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality
Assurance (DGAQA), CSIR Labs, educational institutions, and other public
and private sector partners, a Defence Research and Development
Organisation statement said.

The first Engine Ground Run of NP1 aircraft, conducted at about 1830 hrs
yesterday for its scheduled time, had the primary objective of checking
aircraft to engine integration and activation of the various systems
like flight control, hydraulics, fuel, electrical and avionics, which
was successfully achieved, it said.

“The aircraft will now go through a phase of refinements based on
feedback identified during the course of the build up and also observed
during the EGR, followed by a series of final integration checks and
taxi trials before its maiden flight shortly”, DRDO said.