Cassidian has opened a new Engineering Centre in Bengaluru, India, which is the first defence oriented engineering centre operated by a foreign company in India and also a landmark in the company’s strategic goal to establish a long-term partnership with India.

The new centre is staffed almost entirely with highly qualified Indian engineers who have undergone extensive training in Europe. It is planned to increase the current number of 60 employees to more than 200 by the end of 2012. The major objective of the Engineering Centre is to leverage the vast pool of skilled engineers available in India to develop products fulfilling the specific requirements of the Indian customers and to provide consultancy and other services to the aerospace and defence companies in the country.

By integrating the new centre within Cassidian’s global Engineering Organization, it will be able to participate in Indian as well as global programmes. The centre will be at the forefront of Engineering and System Development, developing its core competencies in the areas of radar systems, protection systems, avionic systems, engineering IT and 3D visual simulation, aerostructure and aerospace modelling and simulation.

Bengaluru has long been known as the aerospace and defence hub of India. By establishing its Engineering Centre there, Cassidian is confident that the proximity to customers and users will facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship on both sides and thus strengthen Cassidian’s future activities in India.