Bio-Jet Fuel Used for the First Time in Military Test Flight

The project is a combined effort of IAF, DRDO, Directorate General Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) and CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum

IAF’s test pilots and test engineers flew India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel on December 17 on an An-32 transport aircraft. Earlier in July 2018, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa announced IAF’s intention to promote bio-jet fuels. Also at the CII-SIDM seminar on promoting indigenised tech, the CAS announced that IAF would fly the An-32 transport aircraft using 10 per cent bio-jet fuel during the 26 Jan Republic Day flypast in 2019.

IAF had earlier carried out extensive engine tests using the bio-jet fuel on ground. The 10 per cent bio-jet blended fuel is made from Jatropha oil sourced from Chattisgarh Biodiesel Development Authority (CBDA) and then processed at CSIR-IIP, Dehradun.


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