EADS Innovation Works, the European aerospace and defence group’s research and development network, is opening a branch in Bangalore, India. Located within the Airbus Engineering Centre India’s premises, EADS Innovation Works India will manage and broker R&T projects for the EADS Business Units and the Corporate R&T Organisation.

Some of the projects carried out will be performed in collaboration with Indian partners such as the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology. EADS Innovation Works India will also run its own projects using internal resources at its own facilities. The projects will capitalise on Indian capabilities identified by EADS in various fields: numerical simulation of complex physical systems, multi-disciplinary optimisation, high-performance computing and radar technology.

“The opening of EADS Innovation Works India is a part of our global research and technology strategy,” said EADS CTO Jean Botti. “EADS is developing international R&T capabilities in order to access new technologies and engineering resources efficiently close to our strategic markets. India is an important part of our vision for research and technology growth and India has highly educated people that will offer tremendous value to our R & T capabilities.”

Yann Barbaux, head of EADS Innovation Works, added: “Bangalore is India’s aerospace and IT hub; it was important for us to be present. The opening of this new branch of EADS Innovation Works, the third one outside of Europe, will again put some fresh ideas in our innovation process.”