India and France have solidified their dedication to joint ventures in defence equipment development, fortifying bilateral ties across a spectrum of sectors, including defence production, nuclear energy, space exploration, and harnessing artificial intelligence for public services. The collaboration encompasses the provision of helicopters and submarines to the Indian armed forces, marking significant progress in defence cooperation. Nevertheless, the precise financial details of these agreements remain undisclosed at present.
On January 26, Emmanuel Macron and PM Narendra Modi held discussions that culminated in an opulent state banquet that President Droupadi Murmu hosted. Macron’s 40-hour visit marked the fifth rendezvous between him and Modi since May, underscoring the depth of their bilateral engagement.
France’s pivotal role as India’s foremost arms supplier, notably in furnishing fighter jets over the past four decades, highlights the strategic alliance between the two nations. Additionally, endeavours such as Safran’s provision of engine repair and overhaul services in India, coupled with collaborative efforts on Rafale engines and helicopters, epitomise the expanding dimensions of defence cooperation.
In a noteworthy development, Tata Group and Airbus of France have formalised an agreement to jointly manufacture civilian helicopters. CFM International agreed to provide 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, fitted with LEAP-1B engines, to Akasa Air in India, highlighting the growing ties between aviation technology and business.