Pratt & Whitney has opened a new India Engineering Center (IEC) in Bengaluru, which is co-located with its India Capabilities Center (ICC) that opened in 2022 to provide integrated global supply chain support. The IEC is located in the same building as the recently inaugurated Collins Aerospace engineering and global operations centres.
“The Indian aviation market is growing at a rapid pace and Bengaluru is a hub for that growth,” said Geoff Hunt, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. He said the work conducted at the IEC will support cutting edge technology that will drive the future of flight.
The IEC presently has 50 employees with an additional 450 jobs to be filled over the next four years. Work performed at the IEC will encompass elements such as aero, mechanical and control systems for various products in the company’s broad portfolio of large and small commercial engines. It will also extend across the entire product lifecycle from development to field support and sustainment.
“The IEC will fully integrate with our existing global engineering footprint across Canada, Puerto Rico and Poland to advance world-class technology such as the geared turbofan and other sustainable propulsion solutions,” said Paul Weedon, Vice President, Engine Development, Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
The IEC team will be key to improving commercial engine performance, extending time on wing, reducing airline operating costs, and decreasing fuel consumption.
Ashmita Sethi, Managing Director, United Technologies Corporation India (UTCIPL) said Pratt & Whitney was making significant investments in India towards building a stronger aerospace ecosystem in-country.
“Beyond the $40 mn+ in financial investment in both the IEC and ICC, we are collaborating with local universities and investing in emerging technology companies to further enhance India’s home grown capabilities,” Sethi added.
Raytheon Technologies has a combined presence in India of over 5,000 employees.