Thales, which has been providing aerospace solutions to the Indian defence industry for decades, has now launched a Global Engineering Competence Centre in Bengaluru.
The company announced the launch of the centre on February 19, and its executive board members are expected to hold talks with officials with government agencies on February 22, at AeroIndia.
With the engineering competence centre, Thale is expected to create thousands of jobs in Bengaluru in the next three to five years in the civil and defence sectors.
According to a statement released by Thale, the company seeks to localise research and development activities in India and favour manufacturing in India.
“With the ECC, Thales seeks to play a major role in job creation and skill development in India as it targets to hire 3,000 engineers in the next three-five years along with its partners. It is a first-of-its-kind Engineering Competence Centre in India focusing on software and hardware capabilities in the areas of civil as well as defence businesses, serving Thales’s global needs,” the statement reads.
P Satish Menon, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, has been appointed as the head of the centre.
For years, the Indian government has pursued a proactive policy to develop R&D and create high
The centre will be dedicated to value-added systems in the fields of Air Traffic Management, avionics, cockpit, flight management, in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems, radar software, airborne Intelligence Surveillance and reconnaissance tactical management systems.
It will also focus efforts on advanced hardware technology such as radio frequency designs for radars and communication equipment, high performance processing units and in airborne digital processing functions.
“India is an innovative country with a great pool of skilled engineers. This is why we extend our 65-year-long journey in the country and our global engineering footprint with the launch of our Group Engineering Competence Centre in Bengaluru. This centre is uniquely positioned to serve all domains that Thales operates in and cater to worldwide markets. With our plans of hiring over 3,000 engineers in the coming years, we look forward to significantly contributing to the 'Skill India’ initiative and innovation in the country,” Pascale Sourisse, Thales' senior executive vice-president of international development, said in a statement.