The Airbus Defence and Space comprises of Military Aircraft, Space Systems, and Connected Intelligence. We support India’s military modernisation and in developing the defence manufacturing ecosystem. 

The Airbus Defence and Space vertical is built on three primary pillars - Military Aircraft, Space Systems, and Connected Intelligence. Airbus is actively supporting India’s military modernisation as well as the nation’s endeavours to develop the defence manufacturing ecosystem. With the signing of the contract for 56 C295 aircraft for the replacement of the Indian Air Force’s Avro fleet, Airbus looks forward to establishing itself as a reliable partner to the Indian armed forces. The C295 programme is a game-changer for defence manufacturing in India as it will be the first fixed-wing aircraft manufacturing facility in the private sector in the country. This ‘Make in India’ programme demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the Government of India’s mission for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India). Together with our industrial partner, the Tatas, we will set up a Final Assembly Line (FAL) in India to produce the C295 military transport aircraft. Airbus will also be offering the proven force multiplier A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to the IAF to meet its long-term strategic requirements.

Moving beyond a traditional buyer-seller relationship, Airbus is furthering India’s efforts to build a robust indigenous military-industrial complex through transfer of technology and joint development and production with local partners. This is demonstrated by the collaborative projects Airbus has successfully delivered with Indian defence R&D bodies such as Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the private industry.Airbus and DRDO have collaborated on the development of an indigenous missile approach warning system. The system is produced locally for India’s Cheetah and Chetak helicopter fleet. Airbus has also supported DRDO in a consultative capacity on India’s indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C).

Airbus is Europe’s leading space company and has extensive experience working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as its commercial arm Antrix/NewSpace India Ltd. Together, we have designed and built two communication satellites – Eutelsat W2M in 2008 and HYLAS-1 in 2010 – for European customers. In addition, ISRO has successfully launched Airbus’ earth observation satellites – SPOT-6, SPOT-7 aboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), a UK based satellite manufacturer and Airbus subsidiary, launched 3 DMC satellites - Carbonite, Telesat and Novasar - on-board a PSLV. 

Airbus’ products have been present on many important Communication, Inter-planetary exploration and Navigation, and Earth Observation missions. Continuing and strengthening our engagement with ISRO, Airbus has been selected to build the world’s largest compact antenna test range facility for ISRO at their Bengaluru site. Airbus’ Connected Intelligence (CI) products and services such as high resolution imagery data are being used by Indian government establishments. In April 2020, CNES signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the development and manufacture of the thermal infrared instrument for the TRISHNA satellite.

TRISHNA (Thermal infrared Imaging Satellite for High resolution Natural resource Assessment) will be the latest satellite in the joint Franco-Indian satellite fleet dedicated to climate monitoring and operational applications.

Airbus continues to deliver products and services for Indian space programmes and is always looking for the right opportunities to deepen the collaborative relationship with the Department of Space as well as Indian private industry.





Airbus in India presence


Information Centre India

Information Management Centre

The Information Management centre established as a global capability centre in Bengaluru with the vision of building the Information Management Systems to support all the divisions worldwide. The IM centre in India is built to cater to the needs of differently abled employees. The IM centre is the backbone of the Airbus’ Digital Transformation.

A320 simulator

Customer services

The South Asian customer service teams are set up in India, Seychelles, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh and Bhutan. In India, the team of more than 150 members is based on New Delhi and Bengaluru provide customer support, field service, multi-programme support, tailored support programme, quality management, and maintenance and flight training services and business development. We covers Airbus’ fully owned subsidiaries – Satair for spare parts distribution and Navblue for flight operations services.

Engineering India

Engineering and Innovation

The Airbus India Engineering centre was established in 2007 in Bengaluru and now has grown exponentially, with strength of more than 700 engineers. It is the backbone which support all the three divisions - Commercial, Defence and Space and Helicopters. The team also provides solutions for Flight Physics, Airframe, Systems, Flight Test and propulsion, supports customer services, design cycles, manufacturing engineering and some Airbus subsidiaries.

Community Engagement India

Community Engagement

Airbus supports corporate social responsibility activities to have a positive impact on the local communities. Education, healthcare, employability, underprivileged, and women empowerment are the key sectors in which we extend our support. We supports programmes namely, Christel House, Swanthana, Smile Foundation, and SGBS Unnati Foundation.


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