Field of research
|Aerogas turbine technology|
|Defence Research and Development Organisation|
Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Located in Bangalore, its primary function is research and development of aero gas-turbines for military aircraft. As a spin-off effect, GTRE has been developing marine gas-turbines also.
Principal achievements of Gas Turbine Research Establishment include:
Defending the program GTRE mentioned reasons for delay including:
Both hurdles having been cleared, GTRE intended to continue work on the AMCA (future generation fighter craft).
This program was abandoned in 2014.
Kaveri Marine Gas Turbine is a design spin-off from the Kaveri engine, designed for Indian combat aircraft. Using the core of the Kaveri engine, GTRE added low-pressure compressor and turbine as a gas generator and designed a free power turbine to generate shaft power for maritime applications.
The involvement of Indian Navy in the development and testing of the engine has given a tremendous boost to the programme
The Ghatak engine will be a 52-kilonewton dry variant of the Kaveri aerospace engine and will be used in the UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles). The Government of India has cleared a funding of INR 2650 Crores ($394 Million) for the project.
GTRE is developing a new 4.25 kN thrust turbofan engine to power Nirbhay Cruise missile and future UAV, Long range AshM/LAM cruise missile systems. GTRE is working fast to add test capabilities and infrastructure to test the Manik engine.
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