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DRDO ANNUAL REPORT 2017

the optimum parachute and flotation system,           and is tasked to develop complex airborne
and now contributing by designing parachute           surveillance systems. The laboratory acts as
system for prestigious Human Space Program            a system house and an integration agency,
(HSP) of the country. Keeping pace with the           utilising all available infrastructure and expertise
global trends in relevant technological arena,        in the country for development of Electronic
the establishment has developed state-of-the-         Force Multiplier (EFM) technologies focusing
art LTA systems like ‘Nakshatra’, an aerostatic       on AEW&C/AWACS systems.
platform (operational altitude of 1 km) for
surveillance using Communication Intelligence/        Core Competence/Thrust Areas
Electronic Intelligence (COMINT/ELINT) payload,
Unmanned Small Airship System (USAS), etc. The        • Airborne Surveillance Systems including
establlishment also provides technical product
support to the Armed Forces for their existing           carrying out structural modification of aircraft
services stores and equipment in the relevant            for mounting of systems
fields. Life-extension studies for various existing
products are also been undertaken by ADRDE            • Integration and Flight Testing of Mission
depending upon needs of the Users. ADRDE
possess a strong base of textile engineering and         Systems on Airborne Platforms
has developed production partners, especially in
the area of textiles, metal components, mechanical    • Microwave technologies
structures, textile and mechanical fabrication,
electronics, etc.                                     Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE)

Core Competence/Thrust Areas                               GTRE Bengaluru, is involved in the design
                                                      and development of aero-and marine gas-
• Aerodynamic Decelerators: Parachute                 turbine engines and their derivatives for defence
                                                      applications. In addition, GTRE is responsible for
   Aerodynamics, and Aerospace Textiles               establishing the requisite testing and prototype
                                                      manufacturing facilities, both for components and
• Aerial Delivery Platform of upto 16T class          full-scale engines. Major technology disciplines
• Aircraft Arrester Barrier Systems using hydraulics  covered includes aero-thermodynamic design of
                                                      turbomachinery, conceptual design, performance
   (water twister technology)                         prediction, and simulation of gas turbine engines,
                                                      computational fluid dynamic analysis, development
• Controlled aerial delivery system (CADS)            of control law for aero gas turbine engines as
• Lighter-than-Air (LTA) and Floatation Systems       full authority engine control systems, structural
• Parachute and Flotation System for 3T class         and aerodynamic testing and analysis, design of
                                                      high-speed aero engine gear box, development of
   space payloads                                     advanced data acquisition system and advanced
                                                      manufacturing technologies.
• Heavy Drop Systems (HDS) for newer generation
                                                      Core Competence/Thrust Areas
   aircraft (C130J/C17)
                                                      • Design and performance prediction of gas
• Large size aerostat
• Airships including stratospheric airship               turbine engines
• Emergency Floatation Systems
• Inflatable Radome                                   • Design, development, testing, and evaluation

Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS)                      of Fan and compressor, combustor, turbine,
                                                         afterburner and exhaust nozzle, rotor support
     CABS Bengaluru, has been entrusted with the         and internal flow system, and accessory-drive
responsibility of design, development, testing,          gear box
evaluation, and certification of state-of-the-art
airborne surveillance systems. Presently, this        • Digital engine control system and engine
laboratory is the nodal agency in the country
                                                         instrumentation

                                                      • Testing to meet certification of engine and

                                                         sub-systems

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