Four major DRDO projects running behind schedule
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  • According to reports, Lok Sabha was informed on August 13, 2012 that four major DRDO projects including Light Combat Aircraft, Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWC) and Kaveri engine are running behind schedule resulting in increase in their development cost. Defence Minister A K Antony said in written reply, “LCA Phase II, Naval LCA, AEW and C and Kaveri are the projects sanctioned by the Cabinet Committee on Security for which probable dates of completion (PDC) have been extended and costs have been enhanced." "The PDC and cost of these projects have been revised due to various reasons like change in scope, ab-initio development of technologies and denial of technologies by the advanced countries, extended trials and increase in cost of materials and manpower," he noted. The LCA project has been going on for the last over 25 years and the air force and the navy are waiting for their delivery. Similarly, the Kaveri engine project for LCA is still in trial phases and DRDO has been importing US-made engines for the aircraft's trials. 1