India, France to go for joint production of military hardware

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  1. sesha_maruthi27

    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

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    India, France to go for joint production of military hardware

    NEW DELHI (PTI): With the 126 fighter deal in the pipeline, India and France on Friday set out on a course of long-term strategic cooperation with the latter offering to move on from client-seller relationship to joint production of military hardware which could be exported to other countries.

    The two countries held detailed discussions to further strengthen their defence ties including enhancement of their military exchanges.

    After the meeting with Defence Minister A K Antony, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country will soon sign an agreement for the over Rs 50,000 crore Rafale deal with India under which it will provide its guarantees for the proposed pact.

    The French side has also proposed a major Aero-naval exercise with India in the Indian Ocean Region which could include the participation of nuclear-propelled submarines and aircraft carriers along with fighter aircraft.

    "We have gone beyond the client supplier relations.

    France is prepared to initiate co-development and co-production projects which could in future include exporting equipment to the third country markets," Le Drian said in a speech at the IDSA here.

    On the 126 combat aircraft deal, the French Minister said the negotiations were going on well but refused to predict any timeframe for signing the mega deal.

    "There will be a framework Indo-French intergovernmental agreement for this contract, which will provide all the necessary guarantees of the French state... France guarantees the Transfer of Technology," the French Defence Minister said.

    India had selected the Rafale aircraft 16 months ago after a long tendering process and the two sides are negotiating the contract since January 2012.

    Asked if France was concerned over the delays in signing the contract, Le Drian said, "I am not at all concerned over the delays. The point is that you have to abide by the Indian procedures."

    "This is a project of such great magnitude and everything has to be checked and explored so that there is no choke two years down the line that leads to the failure of the project... The project is moving at a normal and positive pace," he said.

    Explaining to the gathering that France will have an aircraft fleet of Rafale jets for nuclear weapons delivery capability, Le Drian said India has chosen the best aircraft for its requirements.

    The French Minister said the two sides have also discussed the progress in the Rs 30,000 crore Maitri Short Range-Surface to Air missile system, which would be jointly developed and produced by the DRDO and the French MBDA.

    "This is important because this is a case of co-development. Both our countries will shortly marshal their energies and talents to build a new missile," Le Drian said.

    The French minister assured the Indian side over the continuity of supplies for acquired equipment.

    Le Drian said French companies respect French laws on prohibition of corruption.

    "This seems obvious, but I think it is better to recall this because all countries do not have the same obligations," he said.

    The French Minister said his country encourages India to come closer to international export regimes such as the Missile Technology Control Regime and other arrangements related to conventional arms.

    He also met BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is the President of the India-France Parliamentary friendship group.

    Interestingly, Sinha had recently written a letter to Antony raising questions over the life-cycle cost method used by the Defence Ministry to select Rafale as the winner of the Indian medium multirole combat aircraft tender.

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  3. Cutting Edge 2

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    France ready to sell new fighter jets, submarines to India
    By EMANUELE SCIMIA MAY 19, 2017 11:41 AM (UTC+8)

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Under new President Emmanuel Macron, France will continue to beef up the Indian military arsenal with fighter jets and submarines. French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation and state-owned shipbuilder DCNS are in fact negotiating new deals with the Indian government for the sale of their Rafale multi-role aircraft and diesel-electric attack Scorpene-class submarine respectively.

    Last Sunday, coinciding with Macron’s inauguration, Dassault Aviation chief executive Eric Trappier revealed to French daily Sud-Ouest that its company was talking to India about the sale of a further 57 Rafales.

    Last September, Dassault Aviation secured an US$8.8 billion contract to supply the Indian Air Force with 36 Rafale jets. It is said that, once inducted, they will form two squadrons. One will be stationed in the state of Haryana, near the Pakistani border, and the other in West Bengal to face possible threats posed by China on the eastern front.

    The new batch of 57 Rafale aircraft is intended for the Indian Navy, which must still develop the aviation complex for its domestically built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The Indian government says the new flattop will be delivered in December 2018, but a national auditor reported last year that it might not be combat-ready before 2023. New Delhi has weighed other options for a new fighter platform for its aircraft-carrier force, including Sweden’s Saab Gripen, the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Russia’s MiG-29K.

    India’s air force needs new warplanes to replace its aging fleet of 670 fighter jets, made up in large part of Russian-built Su-30MKI, MiG-21 and MiG-27 planes. In response, US defense giant Lockheed Martin is ready to transfer the production line of its F-16 combat aircraft to India, as Saab points to setting up a production platform in the South Asian country for its Gripen-E.

    India is still mulling whether to finalize a deal with Russia to co-develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft based on the stealthy Sukhoi PAK FA – which is completing development and testing – and upgrade its existing Su-30MKI fighters, according to recent Indian media reports.

    New Scorpene subs
    In addition to carrier-capable Rafales, New Delhi plans to strengthen its naval capabilities with the acquisition of three more Scorpene submarines. The Indian Navy is expected to commission two French-designed Scorpenes – the Kalvari and the Khanderi – by the end of the year. They have been constructed by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Ltd in cooperation with DCNS as part of a $3.5 billion deal signed in 2005 to build jointly six Scorpene-class submarines.

    It is worth noting that India’s Scorpenes will be equipped with BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles. In March, the Indian Navy successfully tested this kind of supersonic projectile from the Kalvarisubmarine.

    The purchase of Scorpenes will help India increase its asymmetric capabilities vis-à-vis China. In numerical and qualitative terms, New Delhi’s submarine fleet cannot compete with that of Beijing. The People’s Liberation Army Navy can deploy 67 submarines, of which nine are nuclear-powered. In contrast, the Indian Navy now has 13 conventionally powered and two nuclear-powered submarines, according to data from Global Firepower 2017 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

    For its part, France is trying to snatch ever-larger shares of the Indian defense market, challenging in particular Russia’s traditional role as New Delhi’s top arms supplier. Over the past decade, Russian arms transfers to India have totaled $22 billion, while France’s military-related deliveries to the Asian giant have reached $550 billion, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports.

    The French-Russian competition to expand presence in the high-growth Asian-Pacific defense market is not only focused on India, but also on Southeast Asian countries. For instance, Dassault Aviation is in talks with Malaysia over the delivery of 18 Rafales in a deal valued at about $2 billion.

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force aims to replace its outdated fleet of Russian MiG-29 combat aircraft. The Russian Su-35 is also a contender in the bidding process, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen.

    Many competitors for France
    France and India are forging a solid industrial defense partnership that suits both nations’ interests. Paris is keen to become a prominent arms provider in the Indo-Pacific region, while New Delhi is committed to modernizing its weaponry to counter potential challenges from China and Pakistan.

    It remains to be seen, however, whether Rafale and Scorpene programs will meet the expectations of Paris and New Delhi in the near future, given that French defense producers have to deal with many competitors in the Asia-Pacific region and the Indian rearmament scheme lags behind that of China, both financially and conceptually.
  4. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

    Dec 17, 2009
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    India is finally waking up to the reality Russia is an unreliable supplier. The only way to be free of US control is to buy French.
  5. square

    square Strategic Issues Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2016
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    4 years old article !!!............

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