Pratt andamp; Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business, officially opened its doors to the new India Engineering Center (IEC) in Bengaluru on Thursday.
The facility is co-located with Pratt andamp; Whitney's India Capabilities Center (ICC), which opened in 2022. This opened to provide integrated global supply chain support and the recently inaugurated Collins Aerospace engineering and global operations centers.
The IEC was designed to meet the LEED Platinum certification and further enhances Raytheon Technologies' combined presence in India of over 5,000 employees and facilitates collaboration across the company's businesses.
"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 andamp; Whitney. "The work conducted at the IEC - by some of India's best and brightest minds - will support cutting-edge technology that will drive the future of flight."
Over 50 employees are now based at the facility, with an additional 450 jobs to be filled over a period of four years. The work performed at the IEC will include elements like aero and mechanical and control systems for various products in Pratt andamp; Whitney's broad portfolio of large and small commercial engines. The work done 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 andamp; Whitney Canada Corp. "The IEC team will be key to improving commercial engine performance, extending time on the wing, reducing airline operating costs, and decreasing fuel consumption."
Opening IEC further illustrates Raytheon Technologies' long history of investing in India.
Pratt andamp; Whitney has one of the largest footprints for any engine maker in India, with over 1,500 engines and auxiliary power units in service. The GTF engines power over 180 A320neos and A321neos, and have delivered more than $1 billion in savings to Indian airlines since entry into service.
Other significant investments in India include Pratt andamp; Whitney's state-of-the-art India Customer Training Center in Hyderabad and its Randamp;D collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
India is important to the growth and investment strategy of Raytheon Technologies. The advanced infrastructure and talent pool will help to drive the country's contributions as a global leader in aerospace and defense.