India’s first military flight using a blended bio-fuel gets tested in city

Experimental test pilots and test engineer from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Bengaluru-based testing establishment ASTE flew India’s first military flight using blended biojet fuel, an An-32 transport aircraft, on ton. The project is a combined effort of IAF, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Directorate General Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. On 27 July, Air Chief Marshal Mr BS Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff had announced IAF’s intention to promote biojet fuels. Addressing the CII-SIDM seminar on promoting indigenised technologies, the CAS had stated that IAF intended to fly the An-32 with 10% biojet fuel for the Republic Day flypast in 2019. Indian Air Force carried out extensive engine tests on the ground. This is now being followed by flight trials using 10% biojet blended aviation turbine fuel. This fuel is made from Jatropha oil sourced from Chattisgarh Biodiesel Development Authority (CBDA) and then processed at CSIR-IIP, Dehradun.


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