India and France have solidified a defense industrial partnership roadmap to enable co-development and co-production of crucial military hardware and platforms. The collaboration aims to foster technology sharing in diverse domains such as space, land warfare, cyberspace, and artificial intelligence.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, revealing key outcomes of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in Jaipur, highlighted the strategic defense partnership. Additionally, the Tatas and Airbus Helicopters have formed a partnership for the production of H125 helicopters, incorporating significant indigenous components.
The India-France defense industrial roadmap extends cooperation to robotics, autonomous vehicles, and cyber defense. An MoU has been formalized between New Space India Ltd and France's Arianespace, facilitating collaboration in satellite launches.
During their discussions, Modi and Macron addressed the conflict in Gaza, exploring various dimensions, including terrorism and humanitarian aspects. The leaders also exchanged perspectives on the evolving security situation in the Red Sea, including potential disruptions and actual developments.
Macron's two-day trip to India commenced with a visit to Jaipur, where he served as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path. The strengthening of defense ties and technological collaboration underscores the strategic partnership between India and France.
(With Agency Inputs)