Bangalore European aerospace and defence group, EADS opened its research and technology branch here, its third outside Europe, to take up joint projects in the areas of engineering and information technology.
EADS Innovation Works India would manage and broker research and technology projects for the EADS business units and corporate R & T organisation, top company officials told a press conference in Bangalore.
Some of the projects to be carried out by EADS Innovation Works India would be performed in collaboration with Indian partners such as the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology, the company said.
It will also run its own projects using internal resources at its own facilities, officials said.
The projects would 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 part of our global Research and Technology strategy", EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti said.
"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, the group's research and development network, said the Bangalore branch would put some fresh ideas in EADS' innovation process.
Meanwhile, EADS said the Airbus Engineering Centre India, operational here since 2007 and currently employs 120 local engineers, would grow to 400 engineers by 2012.
EADS Group include Airbus as the leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, with Airbus military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft, Eurocopter as helicopter supplier and EADS Astrium as a leader in space programmes, it was noted.
EADS opens research and technology branch in Bangalore - Express India