Microwave Tube Research & Development Center(MTRDC)

Microwave Tube Research & Development Center(MTRDC)

Historical Background

MTRDC is a constituent R&D laboratory of Defence Research & Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence. It was established in 1984, with an aim to develop advanced types of microwave tubes to meet the present and futuristic needs of the country and establish self-reliance in this strategic area.

MTRDC initially started in CASSA, Bangalore and moved to a small accommodation in the Bharat Electronics Complex, Bangalore. It was housed in its own building in 1992 near the Microwave Tube Division of Bharat Electronics in order to facilitate continuous interaction between the R&D and production teams. MTRDC has built a residential complex in HMT Township just 4 km away from the laboratory.

Today, it has a team of 125 highly qualified and dedicated scientists, technologists and office staff. A number of travelling-wave tubes and technologies have been developed for which Transfer of Technology to Bharat Electronics is under progress. MTRDC has to its credit a number of national awards and several papers have been published in national and international levels.

Microwave Tube Research & Development Center(MTRDC)


2 kW pulsed X-Ku band Helix TWT for Airborne ECM System
10kW pulsed Ku band Coupled Cavity TWT for airborne radar
6.5 KW pulsed X-band Coupled-Cavity TWT for airborne radar
S band 130 KW (pulsed) Coupled -cavity TWT
M type Cathodes
Microwave Power Module