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  1. angeldemon_007

    angeldemon_007 SENIOR MEMBER

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    New Delhi: European consortium, EADS, has opened a defence-oriented engineering centre, the first operated by a foreign company in India, in Bangalore. The major objective of the engineering centre by Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, 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.
    “The centre is a perfect example of our commitment to increase our industrial footprint in this rapidly growing country and to create a wide range of opportunities for industrial cooperation,” senior company officials told FE, adding, “This is a unique project in the world, it is a niche industry. 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 India. In Europe there is shortage of engineering capability. By setting up a center like this in India, we are not only taking our relationship with the country a step further, but we are also getting ready for future defence programmes.”

    The new centre is staffed almost entirely with highly qualified engineers who have undergone extensive training in Germany. The company is planning to increase the current number of 60 employees to more than 200 by the end of 2012.

    In fact, Eurocopter, the helicopter arm of EADS, in October 2010 had announced plans to set up an engineering centre in Bangalore this year to support its global design and development activities,

    The company, best known for choppers (Cheetah and Chetak) manufactured under licensed production by Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) and used by Indian defence forces, will also build a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for its helicopters in India.

    “We plan to establish an engineering centre with collaboration with our sister company Airbus in Bangalore, while we will also continue to have maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility with our partners like HAL and Pawan Hans,” said Eurocopter officials.

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  2. Capt.Popeye

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    Good news! Eurocopter also increasing their footprint in India. After Sikorsky has set up a JV with Tata. As it is Pawan Hans operates a fleet of 30 AS 365 Dauphin helicopters apart from some of them in private ownership. Pawan Hans has 10 helicopters on order with expansion plans to 100 choppers. The Dauphins have been operated since 1988. So there is good business waiting for them; not to mention increased employment for Indian AMEs.