France Commits to India's "Make in India" Defense Manufacturing Programs

By IndraStra Global News Team

By IndraStra Global News Team


Image Attribute: Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly during the annual defense dialogue in New Delhi on December 17, 2021. | Source: Twitter/@rajnathsingh

Image Attribute: Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly during the annual defense dialogue in New Delhi on December 17, 2021. | Source: Twitter/@rajnathsingh

After the collapse of the Australian Submarine deal, France is now expanding its defense export footprint across Asia. And, just a fortnight ago, France signed a deal to sell 80 upgraded Rafale fighters to the United Arab Emirates. It also announced a separate deal to sell 12 Airbus-built combat helicopters. This is the largest ever overseas sale of the French warplane. It brings the number of new or second-hand Rafales sold for export to 236 and will trigger an increase in production for the warplane.  


To supplement this deal signing spree, on Friday (December 17, 2021), India, and France discussed future collaboration and co-production of defense equipment during a visit by the French defense minister Florence Parly. At the all-important 3rd Annual Defence Dialogue with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, she expressed France's commitment to increase defense cooperation in all domains with India under the “Make in India” program. Parly also met with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and paid tribute to Indian soldiers at the National War Memorial.


“We are open and ready to provide any other Rafale jets if that is India's decision,” Parly was quoted as saying by the ANI news agency. “We are ready to answer any additional needs or requests that could be made by India. We know that an aircraft carrier will soon be delivered. Aircraft are needed.”


"I am happy to say that the French defense minister has agreed that for an engine that is not being made in India, a big French company will come here and will make it in India under the strategic partnership model," Rajnath Singh said, addressing the annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on Saturday.


France describes India as its “main partner” in the Indo-Pacific region shaken by concerns over the growing influence of China. France expressed its resolve to expand strategic cooperation with India after it was angered by being left out of a nuclear submarine deal with Australia, which in September announced a new security alliance with Britain and the United States.


Earlier in 2016, India has bought 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France under a government contract. India may buy some more Rafale aircraft, apart from medium-range helicopters for its navy and upgraded French Mirage fighter aircraft and submarines, Indian media reports said. Also, India and France are increasingly engaged in maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region and it includes the latter's cooperation in delivering Scorpène-class submarines to the Indian Navy.


Quick Facts


France has emerged as a major source of foreign direct investment for India with more than 1,000 French companies already active in the country. France is the seventh-largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative FDI stock of $9 billion from April 2000 to December 2020. More than 150 Indian companies are operating in France.


With reporting by ANI, Military Times, and Times of India


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