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The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), a division of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), has taken a significant step towards enhancing indigenous defense capabilities. GTRE has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) to select Indian industry partners for the production of the STFE (Small Turbo Fan Engine) expendable engine.

The EOI outlines the production requirements, specifying an approximate quantity of 300 units over a span of 5 years. GTRE aims to collaborate with Indian industries to meet this production demand, contributing to the expansion of the country’s defense manufacturing ecosystem. The production quantity will be strategically distributed among industries identified by GTRE, fostering a collaborative and inclusive approach to defense production.

In a phased approach outlined by the EOI, the initial stage involves the identification of two Indian industries to supply three engines each over an 18-month period. This phase serves as a precursor to the larger goal of mass production. Subsequently, an Request for Information (RFI) for mass production quantity will be issued, streamlining the process for selecting industry partners for the extended production phase.

The STFE expendable engine plays a crucial role in various defense applications, contributing to the propulsion systems of Sub-sonic Cruise missile program and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other defense platforms. The engine’s compact design and efficiency make it suitable for a range of applications, aligning with the evolving needs of modern defense scenarios.

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