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Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRC) took its birth at No.4 BRD Air Force Station, Kanpur in 1959 with 8 Engineers / Scientists and about 20 Technicians.

First indigenously developed centrifugal type gas turbine engine of 1000 kg thrust was tested in 1961.

GTRC was moved to Bangalore, brought under the banner of DRDO, and was re-named as GTRE in November 1961.

Early 1960s

Re-engineering of RD-9F engine, a candidate power plant for the HF-24 aircraft was carried-out in association with HAL. 1700 K Re-heat system developed for Orpheus 703 engine.

Research in the 1970s

Reheat for Orpheus 703 Engine was type certified as air-worthy in December 1973. Series of research projects carried-out on engine optimization studies mostly related to development of advanced components and systems such as transonic compressors, annular combustors, high temperature turbines, catalytic ignition systems, control systems etc.

Development in the 1980s

GTRE proceeded to design and develop the GTX series of engines with flat rating concept which was successfully demonstrated.

Recent Developments

GTRE proceeded to design and develop the GTX series of engines with flat rating concept which was successfully demonstrated.  Initial sanction for the development of GTX-35-VS was given in  1989  and  christened  as  KAVERI  engine  in  the  first  Aero  Engine  Development  Board Meeting.  Three full engines and two core engines were successfully tested to prove the concept.

With  redesigned  compressor,  six  full  engines  and  one  core  engine  were  built  and successfully tested at altitude conditions and the performance evaluated. The marine version of this engine for the Navy was conceived and the first prototype was successfully integrated and tested at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.

Kaveri  prototype  engines  were  subjected  to  Acceptance  Test  Procedures  (ATP)  at  GTRE, before sending them to Moscow, Russia for Altitude Test and Flying Test Bed (FTB) trials.

73 hours of Altitude Testing was conducted at Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM), Russia in 2009-10 and the performance and operability of the engine were verified. 57 hours of Flight Tests were completed in IL-76 aircraft at Russia covering altitude up to 12 km and Mach no. 0.7 in 2010-11.  About 2900 hours of testing completed at ground and altitude conditions as on date.
 
GTRE is at present working on eight Technology projects and one AR&DB project titled 'Gas Turbine Enabling Technology (GATET)'.  GTRE is an ISO 9001:2008 certified establishment.

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