Bangalore’s robust aerospace sector has led some industry insiders to crown it the Aerospace Hub of India, as multinational giants, local mainstays and innovative startups have opened engineering offices and manufacturing facilities in the city. Below, we provide an overview of the most influential Bangalore companies in the aerospace industry.
Top Aerospace Companies in Bangalore
- Collins Aerospace
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
- Asteria Aerospace
- Unimech Aerospace
- Ignis Aerospace and Design
- Maini Precision Products
10 Top Aerospace Companies in Bangalore
One of the biggest names in aerospace, Boeing designs, manufactures and services commercial, military and space aircraft. Boeing India, the company’s India subsidiary, is headquartered in Delhi and employs 4,000 workers. The company is building a large engineering and technology campus in Bangalore that will undertake engineering and research for Boeing products. It will also include avionics manufacturing and assembly.
Collins Aerospace is a North Carolina-based subsidiary of RTX Corporation, formerly known as Raytheon Technologies. The company, which is one of India’s largest exporters of aerospace products, has two Bangalore facilities, including a 413,000-square foot global engineering center and a large manufacturing facility that produces evacuation slides, cargo systems, lighting and actuation components. About 4,100 employees are based in Bangalore.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which was founded in 1941, is a government-owned company that employs 24,457 workers. The Bangalore-based company designs and manufactures fighter aircraft, helicopters, avionics and aerospace equipment. Since 2005, the company has partnered with French aerospace company Safran to produce aircraft engine pipes through a joint venture called Safran HAL Aircraft Engines, which is also located in Bangalore.
Safran is a French aerospace company that manufactures aviation, defense and space equipment. More than 75 percent of aircraft operated in India use the company’s engines and equipment. The company employs 1,500 workers across its 13 India locations. In its Bangalore facilities, the company specializes in helicopter engines, engineering services and data systems. It’s also the location of Safran HAL Aircraft Engines, a joint venture between Safran and HAL to produce pipes for aircraft engines.
Asteria Aerospace is a Bangalore-based drone manufacturing company that can customize drones for different industries, including agriculture, defense, GIS mapping and oil and gas inspections. Asteria has also developed a drone-as-a-service offering that allows clients to use an in-house cloud platform to schedule flights, capture high-resolution images and analyze the collected data. Asteria is a subsidiary of Jio and Reliance Industries.
Unimech Aerospace engineers and manufactures precision components and complex electro-mechanical assemblies for aerospace companies. It also supplies them with tooling for airframes, engines and aircraft line maintenance. Founded in 2016, the company has two Bangalore facilities: a 30,000-square-foot machine shop and a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for Innomech, a subsidiary of Unimech. It employs more than 200 people.
Airbus, which is headquartered in France, is one of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft and helicopters in the world. In Bangalore, it employs 900 engineers who develop products for commercial airlines, helicopters and the defense and space sectors. Airbus’ Information Management Center in Bangalore employs more than 1,000 IT professionals. A 150-person customer service team is distributed between Bangalore and New Delhi.
Famous for its luxury automobiles, London-based Rolls-Royce employs a significant Indian workforce that manufactures and services engines for large commercial airliners, corporate jets and aircrafts for the Indian Armed Forces. The company employs more than 500 engineers and other professionals across its five India locations. Its Bangalore engineering center is home to a supply chain team and an engineering team specializing in aerospace projects.
Ignis Aerospace and Design is a “design-to-build” engineering company that develops products for aerospace companies using its expertise in computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering technologies. The company also has experience in aircraft structural design and analysis, as well as the development and testing of aircraft software systems. Ignis’ primary engineering and technology center is located in Bangalore.
Maini Precision Products, which has 11 facilities in Bangalore, machines precision components for aerospace structures, engines and systems. Maini Precision Products is the flagship company of the Maini Group, which employs 1,500 workers across its four companies. Another subsidiary, Maini Materials Movement, develops aviation mobility products such as electric tow tugs to transport cargo.