India is insisting on strengthening its position in the field of defense. India and France have taken steps together to cooperate with each other in the field of defense. France has made a big offer to India on Rafale fighter aircraft and Panther helicopters. Now France’s Panther utility chopper will be assembled 100 percent in India.
Apart from this, the assembly line of Rafale fighter jet can be shifted up to 70 percent in India only. This will help in furthering India’s Make in India campaign. According to media reports, there has been a discussion on transferring technology in both countries.
Let us tell you that Emmanuel Bonn, the diplomatic advisor of French President Emmanuel Macron, was present in Delhi last week for the annual strategic dialogue between India and France. During this time there was a discussion on defense cooperation between the two countries. According to a media report, more Rafale fighter jets can be purchased from France. It is believed that assembling them in India will reduce the price considerably.
Indian Navy is looking to buy medium range helicopters. Airbus AS565 MBe can be used in any season. It is a multi-role medium helicopter, designed for operation from the ship’s deck, offshore location and land-based sites.
In the India-France Strategic Dialogue this week, the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power structure of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India was also discussed. India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was present during the conversation. A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs informed that the two countries discussed a range of issues including counter-terrorism, cyber security, defense cooperation, maritime security, regional and global affairs and cooperation in the Indian Pacific region.